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How to prepare your pet for summertime traveling

traveling with pets this summer

As summer approaches, many of us start planning our vacations and getaways. For pet owners, this often involves considering the logistics of traveling with our furry companions or arranging care for them while we’re away. Whether you’re bringing your pet along or entrusting them to a pet sitter or boarding facility, it’s crucial to make thorough preparations to ensure their well-being and happiness. Here are some things to consider before heading out on vacation.

Choosing a pet sitter or boarding facility

When entrusting your pet to someone else’s care, it’s crucial to ask the right questions to ensure they’ll be in good hands. Inquire about their experience with pets, their approach to handling emergencies and whether they have any certifications or training in pet care. Additionally, ask about the facilities where your pet will be staying and the daily routine they’ll follow to ensure your pet’s comfort.

Communicating with your Pet Sitter/Boarder

Before you embark on your journey, it’s essential to communicate effectively with your pet sitter or the staff at the boarding facility. Provide them with detailed instructions regarding your pet’s feeding schedule, medication (if any), exercise routine and any specific behavioral quirks or health concerns they should be aware of. Encourage open communication and make sure they have your contact information in case of emergencies.

Enrichment and Comfort

To keep your pet happy and stimulated while you’re away, provide them with enrichment activities and familiar items from home. Leave them with their favorite toys, bedding and even an item of clothing with your scent to provide comfort in your absence. Consider interactive toys or puzzle feeders to keep their minds engaged and alleviate boredom.

Addressing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a common issue for pets when their owners are away. To help ease their anxiety, gradually acclimate them to being apart from you by practicing short absences before your trip. Leave them with familiar items and establish a predictable routine to provide a sense of security. Consider using calming pheromone diffusers, supplements or medication recommended by your veterinarian to help reduce stress.

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

If you’ve decided to bring your pet along on your summer adventures, proper preparation is key to a smooth journey. Ensure your pet’s safety during travel by using a secure carrier or harness, and never leave them unattended in a parked vehicle. Plan for rest stops to allow your pet to stretch their legs, hydrate and relieve themselves. Some pets benefit from anti-anxiety and antinausea medications when on long car trips. Check in with your veterinarian to see if medication would be right for your pet. Additionally, research pet-friendly accommodations and attractions at your destination in advance.

Preparing your pets for summer travel requires careful planning and consideration of their unique needs. Whether you’re entrusting them to a pet sitter, boarding facility or bringing them along on your adventures, prioritize their comfort, safety and well-being every step of the way. By following these tips, you can ensure that both you and your furry companions have a happy and stress-free summer vacation.

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