Traveling with pets can be very fun and rewarding, however, it also can be challenging. Throughout our marriage, we’ve taken our pets with us to many locations and have learned a lot! Read on to see some of our top “Traveling with Pets Tips” from us AND our veterinarians!
Bring PLENTY of their regular food with you OR research to make sure you can buy it where you are traveling to. Many pets do not do well if you change their food quickly. Their stomachs can become upset which can lead to potty issues (ew!) and more. The same goes for their treats.
If your pet is inclined to get sick or have a potty issue when in the car, do not feed them immediately before the car ride. This tip came from our veterinarian and it has helped our Maine Coon, Monica, not potty on herself AND it has helped our American Eskimo, Minnie Pearl, not get sick.
Keep your vehicle VERY cool during travel. Doing so puts them into a kind-of state of hibernation, which aids them being able to sleep easier. This tip also came from our veterinarian and it has worked for 2 out of the 3 of our animals. I sleep better at night if I am cool, so this tip works well for humans too! We bring extra blankets or coats/jackets for us as it can get pretty cool in the car when trying this trick.
Bring some of their toys and blankets from home. We always travel with our dog toys/balls and this rotary cat toy/scratcher.
Bring potty bags with you for your dog. Not all rest areas/travel locations have bags available for you to pick up after your dog. We always bring an extra roll with us depending on how long we’ll be traveling.
Leave a t.v. or radio on if you plan on leaving your pet in the hotel/condo/etc. alone at times. Unfamiliar noises can cause incessant barking/meowing that can bother other guests.
Have plenty of water available to all your pets while in the car. Stop at a rest area or a safe location so they can get a drink. They can’t tell you they are thirsty, so you have to ensure you remember to do this for them. This tip came from our veterinarian. She said pets can dehydrate easily and a dehydrated pet can lead to other health issues. We had a cat with kidney issues once years ago and dehydration was a HUGE no-no in his health care.
Talk to your vet about natural or pharmaceutical remedies if you have a pet that has severe travel anxiety. We’ve used natural anxiety drops (like CBD oil) that have been successful, but have also had to use a pharmaceutical medicine (prescribed to our pets by our veterinarian) as well. Once our pets get to their location, they are always perfectly fine, it’s just the travel part that they sometimes don’t do great with.
We pack a clear tote dedicated to our pets and their needs. I’ve tried a bag, but like using a tote as it can be easily cleaned out if needed.
We bring Nature’s Miracle with us everywhere! We never know if one of them will get sick (hair balls!) or have an accident. This product helps us be able to clean it up easily and safely. This is not a sponsored ad for the product….we just really love it!
We bring garbage bags, plenty of paper towels, and baby wipes in the car with us. Again, we never know when an accident will occur and want to be prepared!