Traveling With Fluffy

By: Jody Smith

The travel industry has realized that seniors and pets often go together, and adjustments are being made accordingly. It's becoming increasingly easier to plan a destination that will make room for your pet.

Traveling with a pet is doable, and in fact it is being done by increasing numbers of seniors. The time you spend preparing and researching for this adventure can mean the difference between both of you having an enjoyable time or a miserable one.

If you want to take your pet for a plane ride, for instance, make sure you do your research before you ever head out to the airport. You'll need to be in touch with the airline beforehand to find out what requirements must be met.

The first stop if you're planning to take your pet on a trip is at your vet's office. This is the place to take care of any needed documentation or shots. Your vet's certification of your pet's health will be considered by some places as proof that it's safe to gain entrance for your pet.

If you can let your pet get familiar with its pet carrier before you head off on your trip, this can help allay some anxiety for both you and your pet. It will also give you the opportunity to make sure the carrier is safe and that it affords enough room and ventilation. If you're going to be driving, your pet should be contained in its carrier, for safety sake. Feeling the wind in its hair in the back of a pickup is definitely not an option.

Think through all of your travel plans from your pet's perspective. You don't want to travel without food or water, or a chance to stretch your legs. Neither does your pet.

Is every stage of the journey pet-friendly? Make sure beforehand that any foreign country you're thinking of heading to won't be welcoming your pet with time in quarantine.

Your pet will benefit from a collar and ID tag. Whether your pet feels that a leash cramps its style, remember a leash can mean the difference between traveling with your pet and losing them.

Traveling in tandem may not work for every senior and pet duet however. The temperament of your pet is a deciding factor in this. Do they become anxious in new situations? Are they aggressive with strangers? Evaluate these points and be honest and realistic with yourself, to prevent an unhappy outcome for both of you, and possibly for others in your path.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Ensure your pets have a safe trip

http://www.seniorsgotravel.com/articles/t_petsafe.php

Pet Travel Among Seniors is Flying High

http://www.the-senior-alliance.com/pet-travel-among-seniors-is-flying-high

Traveling Pets For Seniors

http://seniors-site.com/blog/2009/05/traveling-pets-for-seniors

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