Traveling with your Pet: Bring your Pekingese with You Anywhere

 


Traveling with your pet has become quite famous these days. A lot of hotels also offer pet amenities to suit your pekingese’s needs. But there is one problem though, how to get your pekingese to the destination. Transporting pets has always been expensive and commercial. Majority of the couriers would greatly raise the fees when you have a pet onboard. Fees would vary depends on the files you have with you on the day of travel.

Then there’s the safety of pets issue. There had been cases of lost, dying or injured pets during transition of the travel. In the US alone, 39 animals have been documented dead while flying and 13 injured in the year 2009. They may seem insignificant compared to the number of pets flying with the couriers, but it doesn’t rule out the dangers involved in traveling our pekingese. Also know that there are airlines ban flat-nosed breeds such as bulldog, pekingese, shi tzu, etc… since they are very prone to breathing disorders. You first find out what your chosen airline’s terms are before you finalize a booking with them.

Traveling with your Pet: Bring your Pekingese with You Anywhere

Traveling with your Pet

 If you are planning a long road trip and taking Rover or Fluffy along, the ASPCA offers these suggestions to help keep you and your animal safe:

  • Acclimate your pet for a long trip by taking the animal on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
  • Make sure your pet has a flat (never a choke) collar with an ID tag imprinted with home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and other relevant contact information.
  • In addition to travel papers, food, bowls, leashes, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication, and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

Source: Medicinenet, http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=158754 by Nancyann Rella

Tips for Traveling with your Pekingese:

  1. The Right Airline. Requirements between airline carriers vary and see to it that you are well aware of the said requirements before you proceed to the airport. Check for the pet cabin size offered by the airline, the average size is 19 inches long by 13 inches wide by 9inches high. Your pekingese must be able to stand up, go around and lie down properly inside it.
  2. Pet Preparation. Take the time to prepare your pet for the trip so that he wouldn’t be afraid. Put your carrier on the floor of the car while he is inside it so that he can feel the vibrations that is similar on the plane. Also, it is advisable to use lavender oil as his association scent while on the plane. Before you go out on walks or during feeding time, put a drop or 2 on your hands and let him smell it. That familiar scent will keep him calm once he is on board the plane. And finally, before the flight take him for an extra long walk so that he would be tired. The more tired he is, the bigger the chance of him sleeping during the entire flight.
  3. Check the Pet Airways. The Pet cabin should be temperature controlled with individual crates rather than seats where a flight attendant would check their status every 15 minutes or so.

And that’s what it takes in traveling with your pet. You don’t have to always leave them behind while you go enjoy yourself with your family.  Pets are part of the family too and they would really appreciate it if you take them with you on such occasions. If the location is just a short drive away, then the more that you should be taking them with you. It is another bonding session between you and your pekingese. Take a breather and enjoy the scenery with your beloved 4-legged companion.

More insight and suggestions about this topic? There are still other guidelines about pet travel that I may not be aware of and I would really appreciate it if you share your knowledge with us. Leave a comment below.

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