Traveling With Dogs And Cats: Tips For A Pleasant Holiday

It’s time to go on vacation. Suitcases made, hotel booked, car tank full. And the dog? And the cat? Yes, they come with us, but have we thought in detail about how to make their holiday enjoyable too? If not, it is better to abandon the idea of leaving with our 4-legged friends: entrusting them to someone you trust can be an idea, be it a friend, a relative or a pension. If so, you certainly know what the keyword for animal-friendly holidays is: planning. The more you study the details of the trip and what it takes to tackle it in the best possible way, the fewer problems you will have in moving around. And the more pleasant it will be for everyone to stay away from home. So let’s try to answer a couple of basic questions: what is the best way to transport dogs and cats? And what are the tricks to be used in these cases?

Transporting Animals: What Is The Most Suitable Means Of Transport For A Holiday With Your Dog Or Cat?

Dogs And Cats On The Plane: Watch Out For The Transport Rules Of The Companies

Getting your dog or cat to come up with hours of flight time is a delicate step. Sometimes, however, it is the only possibility if the destination of the trip is far away, and then it is advisable to first carefully screen the company and the rules that says under “animal transport”. As the Ministry of Health also explains in a special section of its website dedicated to travelling with dogs or cats, almost all carriers now allow the transport, but with substantial differences between one and the other, even at the level of prices, which is useful to see to avoid unpleasant surprises at the airport.

In general, in the cabin you can bring small animals, with restrictions on the type of carrier and when you reach a limit number of “friends” on board: useful to book well in advance. Cats and small dogs, therefore, travel with us: it is better to make them eat just before departure, and give them enough water, especially in case of long trip.

For the medium and large size, however, do not run away: the animal will be put in the hold, inside a large and robust carrier which we will have to equip ourselves. It is advisable to ask the vet for all the necessary advice before leaving, especially on the possible dose of tranquilliser to be administered close to the take-off.

Dog And Cat On Board: Beware Of Sea Sickness

Shipping companies, like airlines, also allow passengers to be accompanied by their pets, but with different rules depending on the journey, the type of ferry, the line adopted by the company. It is therefore possible to keep your dog or cat with you while sailing, with or without a carrier, but it is also possible that all four-legged travelers are forced to stay in the kennel or cat. It depends on the type of ship. In the second case, especially in the case of large dogs, look at the size of the cage, which should allow our friend to curl up and turn around in peace.

It is then advisable to put a cloth in the carrier, as well as ask the vet for useful advice in case of sea sickness. And from time to time, during navigation, go and reassure the unusual traveller. Last recommendation, even if it seems superfluous: it is absolutely forbidden to leave it in the car in the garage of the ship. The danger of death due to the heat is around the corner.

Pets On The Train

In recent years Trenitalia has also kept up with the times, allowing access to pets in first and second class. This was also the case for Italo, so it is now possible to travel with our friends on the entire Italian network. It is allowed to take them with you in the wagon, free or, depending on the conditions, in the cage, while the prices vary depending on the size.

Transporting Dogs And Cats By Car: The Most Convenient Solution

It is the most comfortable vehicle but also the one with the greatest responsibility, because often the comfort of our furry friend depends on the sweetness of the ride. If it is the first time in a car and the distance is considerable, it is better to accustom him gradually with small and then medium routes. During the trip, keep an eye on the temperature, which is better not to be too high or too low, and better to leave a glass always ajar. Keep food, water, bowls at hand and remember to make several stops, if possible close together. The cat will travel in the cage, and even in this case it is better to get used to it before leaving.

Before Leaving With Dogs And Cats: A Few Tricks

Whatever means you have chosen to transport your dog or cat, do not forget to bring with you the health booklet bowls, favorite food and some games for the animal to feel at home: the last point applies especially to the cat, which being territorial tends not to want to easily detach from “his” place. In order to be tracked down in case of loss, it may also be useful to bring with you a tag to hang on the neck of a dog or cat and, if your destination is abroad, do not forget to pack your animal passport.

Finally, before leaving it is important to be sure that the dog or cat (or both) enjoy good health and that they have all the vaccinations planned and necessary, so we recommend a visit to your vet, who will be able to give you the right advice and dispel any doubt about the opportunity of departure: it is certainly a good basis for dealing with any unforeseen events, which are around the corner especially when you are away from home.

Keeping your friend’s health under control is laborious and, above all, expensive, but you do it willingly given the love that feeds on it. However, in order to amortize the inevitable costs, it is possible to evaluate the possibility of taking out an animal health insurance, which often combines economic advantages with the possibility of having a free consultation always available. Even when you go on holiday.

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