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How should you prepare for your vacation with your furry friend?

Spring Break season is upon us and although everyone is taking measures to stay safe and healthy, you may be traveling to see family or friends with your furry best friend by your side. In the past couple of years, traveling with your pet has been made easier due to its increasing popularity. Whether you plan to drive or fly, we have some tips to help ensure your travels are safe and sound.

Flying with your pet: The most important part of flying with your pet is the research required prior to your flight. Each airline has their own strict requirements for pet travel, for both cabin or cargo. There are also certain restrictions when it comes to age, health conditions, breed, and size. For small dogs and cats, certain airlines allow them to be considered carry-on luggage, but the exact carrier size and weight is dependent on the airline. 

It’s also important to consider your pet and their personality when planning a trip. Certain brachycephalic breeds (like pugs, Boston terriers, and bulldogs) are not allowed to fly in any capacity due to their difficulty in breathing. How you travel with your pet is up to you, but it’s crucial that you conduct thorough research prior to your flight to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety.

Car travel with your pet: Before embarking on any long-distance road trip, it’s a good idea to do a shorter test run first. This will allow you to recognize any anxious behavior and for you to figure out if motion sickness is a factor for your pet. It’s also important to make sure you take the necessary safety precautions, such as installing a seat belt for your dog. Buckling up your dog is over often overlooked, but it could save their lives. Not only will restraining your pet in the car help keep them safer in the event of a collision, but it also helps keep them from distracting you while driving.  

While on the road trip, you should factor in frequent and longer pit stops. It’s recommended to let your pet stretch their legs and relieve themselves at least once every three hours, so whenever you have to go, you should let your pet out too. On the same note, you should always supply fresh water to your pet to keep them hydrated. Finally, most of us are aware of the danger of leaving pets in the car on a hot day, but we wanted to reiterate the importance of never leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle. 

Before any trip: Before taking off on your vacation, make sure you’ve booked a pet-friendly accommodation to make your arrival as smooth as the trip over. It’s also a good idea to make sure your pet is well exercised to help relieve any restlessness. Last but certainly not least consult us here at Oceanside! We can help examine your pet to make sure they’re fit to travel, offer tips to help ease anxiety, and more.

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