Can't part your ways with your dog? Travel along with them

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Dogs are the epitome of selfless and unconditional love. Parting ways with your furry friends to satiate your travel urges can be daunting. Separation anxiety is real for pets, and it can be heartbreaking for their humans, too.

But travelling along with your dogs or cats isn't uncommon nowadays but may seem intricating, for both the pets and the pet parents. Well, it can be adventurous too!

A little research and planning can make your next trip along with your pooches extremely fun and adventurous, yet they can be the best travel partners as well. The recipe to making your vacation wholesome along with your dogs or cats includes A little research, keeping safety first, medical fitness of your pet and noting a few significant points.

Here are a few tips that may make your travel along with your furry buddy a memorable one:

1. Choose a mode of travel in advance

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Well, planning everything in advance is the key. Choose your mode of travel from which you and your pet will feel comfortable enough to travel. Also, if you are choosing to travel by car make sure you make necessary arrangements to make it comfortable for your furry friend and other passengers.

2. Safety first

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Bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup before going on an extended trip. Make sure all his vaccinations are up-to-date; take shot records with you. Health certifications are required for airline travel. Ask your veterinarian if your dog is in proper mental and physical shape to travel.

3. Keep first aids handle

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Keep your pet's medicines, basic medicines like ointment for rashes or medicine for vomitings handy. Also, carry the first aid kits handy to give immediate medical attention whenever necessary.

4. Do not, I repeat do not leave your pets alone

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Well, it's not necessary that your pet would enjoy the vacation with you as much as you expected. Not all pets are fond of travelling. Leaving them behind in the lodge or hotel rooms or leaving them in the car will scare them more. Also, it might invite unwanted thieves when you leave.

5. Identification of your pet

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Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar should have identification tags with the dog’s name, your name, and your home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots.
Consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip (see AKC Reunite). Bring a recent picture of your dog along with you, as well as a copy of his health records listing all of his recent vaccinations.

6. Pack food and water

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Check with your veterinarian about giving your dog only bottled water while away from home to ensure that he doesn’t get an upset stomach. And instead of taking his usual bulky bowls, buy collapsible ones and let him get used to using them one week or so before you travel.

7. Research and plan everything in advance

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Make sure you check your travel tickets or car, lodging or hotel rooms which allow the accommodation of pets in their hotels. This practice will save you time and allow you to make a healthy, comfortable environment for your pet.
Also, If your dog is allowed to stay at a hotel, respect other guests, staff, and the property. Keep your dog as quiet as possible. Do not leave the dog unattended. Many dogs will bark or destroy property if left alone in a strange place.
Plan your itinerary in advance and check the feasibility with the veterinarian to avoid any mishappenings.

How you can travel in trains with your pets:

According to the Indian railways, A dog is permitted to travel with the passenger in AC first class and first class compartments only, provided that the whole coupe is booked by the passenger or the group of passengers for exclusive use.

Airlines which allow travelling with pets in-cabin :

Indian Airlines:

  • Air India
  • Jet Airways
  • SpiceJet
  • Vistara

International Airlines:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alaska Air
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • French Bee
  • JetBlue
  • Lufthansa
  • Southwest
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Vueling

**Check the policies and terms and conditions thoroughly while opting for any of the above aircraft for your pets.

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