7 Things to Keep in Mind When Traveling with Pets

Now that the weather is getting nicer, most people have one thing on their mind — vacation! After months of hard work and cold weather, we think you certainly deserve one. Though many pet parents would love to bring their furry friend along for the ride, it’s not always the easiest option.

If you’re considering bringing your pooch along on vacation, remember to consider these few things:

  1. They need a “suitcase” too. They may not need as many outfits as you do, but pets still need a good amount of stuff for when they travel, including food, leashes, tags, bedding, seat covers, blankets, safety restraints, a crate, toys, and so much more.
  2. Traveling isn’t always as fun for them as it is you. While some dogs can’t wait to get in the car and go for a ride, others shake at the thought. If your pup has travel anxiety, bringing him on a long car or plane ride may not be a good idea.
  3. Not all hotels are pet-friendly. In fact, most hotels aren’t pet-friendly, meaning traveling with your furry friend can seriously limit your lodging options.
  4. Buy a direct flight if you’re traveling by plane. This lowers the chances of your pet being mishandled or lost by baggage personal.
  5. Make sure your shipping crate is USDA-approved. If you’re going on a long flight, odds are your standard crate won’t be big enough for your pet. Crates should always be large enough that your pet can sit, stand, and turn around comfortably.
  6. Always have a pet-friendly travel kit on hand. In the event of an emergency or unscheduled delay, you always want to have food, a bowl, water, plastic bags, medication, and a leash easily accessible.
  7. Never leave your pet alone in a car. Even if you’re “just running in for a second” you should never leave your dog alone. Just a few minutes of sitting in a hot car can put your dog’s life at risk.

With many pet parents opting to board their dog while on vacation, the pet care industry is growing faster each year. Because pet parents spend more than $60 billion dollars annually on their pets, the future is bright for current and prospective Camp Bow Wow franchise owners.