July 3, 2019 News

5 Tips for Safe Summer Pet Travel

Here at AFP Global Logistics, our experts can help you move almost anything anywhere in the world by plane, train, or truck. We offer shipping and logistics solutions to a wide range of industries, customizing our service to meet your needs.

However, one thing we don’t do is pet and animal transport. But we love pets, and thought we’d share some great tips for summer pet travel and transportation. Here are 5 ways to keep your pet safe and healthy during travel this summer. 

In a Car, Take Your Time 

Many people choose to drive if they are bringing their pet on vacation. Traveling by car can give you more control, but be prepared that it may take longer than expected. Avoid giving food or water to your pet in the car.

However, make sure to stop frequently to allow your dog to use the bathroom, get a drink of water, or just move around a little. Make sure you have enough food and water for the trip. 

On a Flight, Go Straight 

If you choose to fly with your pet, try to book a direct flight. First, this allows your pet the least amount of time in the carrier. If your dog or cat is on the flight with you, they won’t have to deal with boarding and unboarding multiple flights.

If your dog or cat is in a climate-controlled area below the cabin, a direct flight allows them to avoid unnecessary time on the tarmac, or even worse, getting left behind.

Always make sure to tell airline personnel you are traveling with a pet. That way, if the flight experiences any delays, you’ll be able to check the welfare of your furry friend. 

Get the Right Gear 

The ASPCA and Humane Society recommend that your dog (or cat) doesn’t roam around in the car. While a dog sticking his tongue out the window might be really cute, it can also be dangerous for him.

Both organizations recommend a carrier with holes on four sides, with enough room for the dog “to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in” and at least four inches of clearance between the pet’s head and the top of the carrier for proper ventilation. 

At AFP, we take care to know that your shipment is climate controlled if it needs to be. The same goes for your pet: enough ventilation in the carrier allows for proper airflow and cooler temperatures during summer travel.

If you opt against a carrier for your dog, make sure to have a harness that buckles into the car. While this keeps your dog from roaming and causing distractions, the Humane Society reports it won’t protect him in case of a crash. 

Always Be Prepared 

The ASPCA recommends you visit your veterinarian within ten days of travel. First, this allows you to make sure your animal is healthy enough for the trip. You also want to obtain a certificate of health, showing that vaccinations are up-to-date.

Travel with those documents, just in case. Some airlines may also want a proof of vaccinations before they allow your dog or cat to fly with you. 

Your vet can also give you specific tips and recommendations for your animal’s breed when traveling. For example, bulldogs and Pekingese cats should not travel in the cargo hold of the plane, according to the Human Society. Your vet may also be able to prescribe medications to help your pet relax during travel. 

In case you and your pet get separated, make sure your pet has both a microchip and a collar with tags. Tags are the easiest way for someone who finds your animal to contact you.

However, in case the collar and tags also get lost, a microchip allows any veterinarian, animal hospital, or animal shelter to find the owner’s name, phone number, and address. 

Check Out Pet-Friendly Businesses Along the Way 

At home, we all know which parks, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops are dog-friendly. Today, a variety of apps and websites like Bring Fido offer information about dog-friendly travel.

On a road trip or on vacation, make sure you look ahead of time to see which hotels and motels allow pets. Websites can even offer information about which restaurants and cafes have outdoor seating or allow dogs. 

Happy travels this summer! If you need shipping or logistics services for anything other than your pet, contact us today for more information.

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