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How to travel safely with your pet by car, airplane, ship or train


Pets are becoming inseparable parts of our lives, nowadays, but traveling with pets is still a big question mark in the traveling industry! However, most travel companies are setting up rules that specify what is allowed and what is not for beloved pets!

In this post, we’ll talk about how to travel safely with your pet by car, airplane, ship, or train.

Every pet owner should consider the safety and comfort of their pet first because these innocent loyal friends of ours can’t talk for themselves.

By car

There are several factors and precautions to consider when traveling by car with your pets.

Dogs shouldn’t be roaming in the car

The safest way to have our beloved pets with us while traveling by car is to put them in a crate, fixed by a seat belt. If dogs roam in the car, it’s not safe both for them and the driver.

Cats should be in a carrier

Most cats aren’t comfortable being in a car at all, let go of willing to travel by one, but if that’s the only choice, make sure you put your cat is a carrier and fasten the seat belt around it, to make sure it doesn’t move to hurt your cat.

Keep your dog’s head inside

Most dogs love keeping their head outside the car, but don’t get fooled by their joy! It’s harmful to them. because they may get sick because of cold weather getting forced into their lungs.

Give your pets some rest stops

Make sure you stop where ever it’s safe for your pets to come out and stretch their muscles a bit. It helps them not to get too tired or frustrated.

Have a driving buddy

First things first, your pet should never sit on the front seat, it’s not safe for it. next, it’s better to have a driving buddy with you to switch places and be beside your pet to make it feel safe and less stressed.

Never leave your pet in the car

Quickly filling up your gas or running to a pit stop for a second may not be that long for you, but it is for your pet. It can get too hot in the car quickly and make your car like a hell for your dog or cat.

By airplane

The HSUS recommends that you weigh all the risks when deciding whether to transport your pet by airplane. It’s the hardest for those pets with a pushed-in face (“brachycephalic”) such as Bulldogs and Persian cats since their short nasal passages make them vulnerable against lack of Oxygen or heat stroke.

Consider an alternative way if possible

If there’s no other way but to take your pet with you, the best option is taking it by car since you have more control over your pet and can adjust the situation if needed, which is mostly not the case when carrying it with an airplane.

When flying with your pet, choose the cabin if possible

Most airlines would allow you having a small cat or dog with you in the cabin (of course they should be in a carrier) but since there’s a limit for the number of animals on the cabin, you should call the airline in advance to make sure there’s a space for your beloved pet.

There are certain questions to ask from the airline when having your pet on the cabin

Take precaution when your pet’s carrier goes thru X-ray checking

Consider the fact that you should take your pet out from the carrier for the airport’s security to check the carrier itself. Sometimes there are some alternative options in the airport’s security that don’t require your pet to be taken out from its’ carrier.

Look out for your pet when getting transferred to the cargo hold

Most animals are just fine while going in n out of the cargo hold, but sometimes some of the airport personnel simply don’t take the required precautions while transferring pets. sometimes the temperature is too hot or too cold for your pet, or the ventilation is the problem!

Some tips to keep in mind if your pet is going to the cargo hold

By ship

While assistance dogs can be with you, in other cases, most cruises don’t allow pets inside with you while again, but most confine pets to kennels. In any case, make sure you contact your cruise’s customer service before taking your pet with you.

By Train

Some small train companies in the US and Europe allow small pets on the train while the large train companies are still working on it. You should contact them in advance to know their most updated rules.

General tip

Make your pet familiar with its’ carrier a month before traveling to reduce your beloved pet’s stress level when the traveling day arrives!

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