Important Travel Safety Tips for Pets

December 28, 2019 12:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The holiday season is filled with lots of traveling, and many people take their dogs with them on their journeys, especially if they’re going long distances. Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, it’s important to properly prepare for travel with a dog, and understand that the traveling experience might be nerve-racking for some pets.

Here’s a quick overview of some crucial travel safety tips for pets in Henderson, NV for you to keep in mind.

Travel by car

Here are some tips to keep in mind when traveling with a dog in your car:

  • Restraint: While some people will put their dogs in a crate or carrier, you should at the very least have the dog restrained in a harness that attaches to the seat belt. If you have a pet barrier in the back seat or deck of the SUV, it is important to make sure it is firmly attached so it does not accidentally collapse during travel and cause harm to your pet.
  • Keep in back: Never allow the dog to ride up in the front passenger seat, especially if the vehicle is airbag equipped. The dog could easily get in the way of the driver’s field of vision or interfere with driving activity. Keep them in the back.
  • Leash: When letting the dog out of the car, make sure it is properly restrained with a leash.
  • Window: As much as your dog may love it, never allow them to ride with their head out the window. This will prevent the possibility of them being hurt by flying debris.
  • Parking: Never, ever leave your dog alone in a parked car. This is especially important when the weather is warm, as cars can heat up very quickly, leaving anyone inside vulnerable to potential heat stroke. But it also puts them at risk of theft.
  • Stops: Be sure to stop regularly to allow your pet to get out, stretch, go potty and drink some water.

Travel by plane

  • Check to ensure it’s possible: It’s not always possible to bring pets on planes. Every airline and destination has its own rules. Check on vaccination or quarantine requirements when traveling out of the country.
  • Onboard: Small dogs may be allowed on board in a crate. Again, you’ll need to check airline rules.
  • Cargo area: If the pet is required to stay in the cargo or luggage area, make sure to take a direct flight, and travel on the same flight as your pet. You don’t want to run into an issue where your pet goes to a different destination. Never travel in extreme temperatures with a pet in a cargo area, and see if you can watch your pet being loaded and unloaded.
  • Notify: Notify a flight attendant and the captain that you have a pet in the cargo area.

For more tips and information about pet travel in Henderson, NV this holiday season and beyond, we encourage you to visit The Soggy Dog or contact our team today with any questions. We look forward to assisting you soon.

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