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Majority of households the world over enjoy the company of a pet. Pets do not necessarily have to be dogs or cats. In today’s world, almost all animals pass for pets. We have some pet owners on one end of the extreme keeping tigers and cheetahs and the more common pet owners that keep parrots, ferrets, guinea pigs, cockatoos, turtles, iguanas and snakes for pets.
Pets, while they make wonderful companions, can present a bit of a challenge when it comes to travelling. By embarking on a journey, no matter how short, you have to not only pay attention to your needs but those of your pet as well. When planning for a trip with your pet, regardless of the type and, or size of the animal there are a few considerations that need to be made.
The Safety and Wellbeing Of Your Pet
Your pet is used to a certain level of comfort when with you at home. When you travel and leave the care of your trusty friend to another person, you may be unknowingly causing undue stress to your pet. This could in turn compromise the health and safety of your pet in the long run.
The alternative, however, may not necessarily be better. Taking your pet outside of its usual comforts and routines may cause stress to it. If you really have to travel with your pet, ensure that you provide it with some of the comforts that it is used to. Carry its favorite blanket, or chew toy (in the case of a dog) to help ease the stress. We love the comfort of familiar items, smells and people and so do our pets.
Food and Water
In the same way that you will need to plan for your food and drinks when travelling, it is equally important that you plan for food and water for your pets. It helps to calm them down if they can have a treat of their favorite snack. Again, familiarity breeds comfort. Water is important for obvious reasons. So plan the feeding of your pets and your overall trip such that it comes closest to the pet’s feeding regime at home. This may, however, not be easily achievable in instances where the journey is long and with minimal intervals.
Again, just as it is important to plan ahead in terms of accommodation for yourself, it is equally important to ensure that your pet gets a great place to slip. Getting pet friendly accommodation options, albeit being a challenge in the past, is becoming an increasingly easy task. More and more hotels and other accommodation facilities are realizing the need for pet friendly accommodation and the difference it has the potential to make in their business from an economic point of view. Despite the growth in popularity for such accommodation options, it is still rather tricky to find one that stands true to its word. There are, however, sites such as VRBO that make it rather easy to find accommodation that is ideal for both yourself and your pet(s).
Basically if you are to travel in style and comfort, the least you can do is ensure that the basic needs for your pet companion(s) are met. If they are comfortable, the less fussy they will be, and ultimately the more both parties will enjoy their trip.