We love our furry, four-legged friends and sometimes it can feel hard leaving them behind when we go on holiday. However, bringing pets along when travelling is becoming more common, with 37% of families saying they have recently been travelling with their fluffy companions. For many pets, travelling away from home can prove an anxious and stressful time. In this blog post, we cover a few ways that you can improve your pet’s experience when travelling.
4 ways to improve your pets experience when travelling
After all the treats are packed and the multi-pet insurance is taken care of, it’s important to consider ways to make travelling easier on your furry friends. It may be the first time your pet is spending a long time in the car or staying in a new location. Below we’ve listed a few simple ways to make the experience better for them overall.
1. Keep them hydrated
Hydration is key when travelling in the summer. Cars can get hot very quickly and it’s vital you keep your pet regularly watered and fed. Make sure to make regular stops to allow them to drink, and also keep windows open for them on hot days to make sure they don’t overheat.
2. Make regular pit stops
If you’re taking a particularly long journey, ensure that you make regular pit stops. Your pet will need to stretch its legs after being in a travel crate for a certain amount of time and will also need time to go to the toilet. Make sure to stop every hour or so to spend some time playing with your pet and calm any nerves they may have.
3. Help them get used to new places
When travelling with your pet and staying in a new location, this can be a lot for them to get used to. Your pet may find it strange having to sleep and eat in a new location, and this could cause them to feel anxious or unsettled. Ensure that when you reach your destination, you don’t leave your pet alone straight away – spend time with them to help them feel relaxed and comfortable in their new surroundings.
4. Always bring extra food
When travelling with pets, it’s always a good idea to plan for the worst-case scenario. Make sure to take a big supply of food for them, just in case it’s tricky to source food where you’re staying or there is a delay in finding a supermarket, for example. Bring enough to cover you for the trip and a little extra, just in case.