10 tips for taking your pet on vacation

Take care when traveling with pets: The advice is to always schedule layovers during the flight so that the pet is not stressed. Credit: Freepik

The end of the year is approaching, a time when many people choose to travel with their families. And in many cases, pets are, as they say, a requirement indispensable condition (indispensable). But before you set foot on the road with your “four-legged baby”, it’s a good idea to pay attention to some basic care to avoid any inconvenience to you and your pet.

Before traveling with your pet by car, bus or plane, it is very important to know the requirements for each mode of transportation. If by land, the one that sets the standards is the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), according to the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection (Idec).

In the case of domestic air travel, according to the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac), each company sets its own rules for boarding pets, so it’s a good idea to get all the information in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises. In international air travel, the International Air Transport Association (Aita) is responsible for enforcing the rules. Another important tip is the equipment needed to transport your pet safely and comfortably.

10 tips for taking pets on the trip

Since the vast majority of teachers prefer traveling by car with their “four-legged kids,” today’s column offers 10 tips for making your trip go as smoothly as possible. But remember, if something goes out of the text, try not to get upset and solve it in the best possible way. After all, you are on vacation and the motto in these times is just to enjoy the moment and rest and then come back with the recharged energies.

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1 – Do not feed the animal until 4 hours before the flight

Car trips can make your dog or cat seasick, so in the case of dogs, give them food or any type of food only four hours before the trip, and water one hour before is sufficient. For cats, fasting should be 2 hours beforehand.

2 – stop every hour

To avoid prolonged stress on the animal, it is recommended every hour to stop and get off the car so that it can carry out its physiological needs and walk, as well as moisten it with a little water – it is preferable not to feed it. Remember: only get out of the car with your pet on a leash. After all, he was not used to that environment and could be frightened.

Take care when traveling with pets
Wet your pet while you stop. Credit: Freepik

3- A safe place for pets

The pet should not exit inside the vehicle (there are specific accessories intended for the safety and comfort of pets inside vehicles) and much less with its head out. In fact, irregular transportation of your pet in the car can result in a fine and even vehicle confiscation, as well as points on the wallet.

4- Vaccination card and traffic certificate

Don’t forget your pet’s vaccination card and a transit certificate that must be issued by your vet, called the Animal Transit Guide (GTA).

5- Play is essential

It is very important to separate some of the things that the pet loves very much and take them on the trip, this makes the animal feel more comfortable, whether in the car, during the trip or at the place of residence, which reinforces the idea that it is at home.

6 – Don’t forget the treatments

If your pet is using any medication, it is very important to take the medication and continue the treatment. Ask your vet if it is necessary to administer it during the trip, following established schedules.

7 – Calm down

If the trip is too long, it is worth considering the possibility of reassuring the pet with natural sedatives, but never an evaluation by a veterinarian. Remember: it all also depends on the profile of the animal.

Take care when traveling with pets
Traveling in cold times and taking in the toys your pet loves will help keep him calmer. Credit: Freepik

8- Schedule the trip for cooler periods

The ideal option is to take the trip in cold times, near dawn or dusk, these times help prevent pets from suffering heat stress, and keep the air conditioning, but at a temperature suitable for everyone. Remember: do not leave the animal alone in the car, it may suffer from hyperthermia and die.

9 – identification plate

It is necessary that the pet be identified with a plate containing all the important information (pet name, name of the teacher, contact number) and another good option is a microchip.

10 – Get the use of pets on small trips

A good tip, if your pet is not used to car rides, is a month before the trip to take small trips with him inside the car, so he can get used to it.

  • In the next column, we will give you tips on essential accessories to make your car trip with your pet go as smoothly as possible.

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