These 6 Safe Urban Pet Travel Tips from a traveling animal doctor will make your next pet-friendly visit to Washington D.C. a delightful experience.
My husband and I decided to take our dog, Jade, to see the national monuments. It was extremely busy and made me realize the importance of preparation when taking pets to a populated event.
I have brainstormed and compiled some tips to try for safe city travel with your pet.
1) Buckle up.
- Safe pet transport is important to avoid stress on your pet, yourself, and ensure that you get to your destination safely.
- There are many seat belts for dogs that are relatively cheap (as little as $20).
- If you have a small pet a pet carrier can work as well.
- With quick stop and go driving, your pet may get hurt or hurt someone else if he or she is not secured appropriately.
2) Bring water.
- With the proper research you may be able to find pet friendly places with water sources.
- Remember that you never know when a pet friendly water source may be in need of repair.
- Even if you are able to buy a water bottle not every pet knows how to drink from one.
- There are keychain collapsible water bowls that can fit on or in a travel bag quite easily.
- Additionally, there are bottles with lids that fold out to form a bowl for your pet to drink from.
Your pet can get overheated just like you.
- This problem is heightened by the fur coat.
- If your pet’s tongue is lolly gagging or if you notice panting it is time to get your pet some water.
- Remember the veterinary golden rule of travel: Bring water with you for your pet.
3) Communicable diseases.
- Just because you are informed it does not mean other pet owners are.
- If you are passing other pets remember to restrain your pet.
- You can still give a friendly nod to fellow dog walkers but it is best to avoid contact with other animals, especially when a disease that affects animals has been in the news.
- It is important to be aware of your pet at all times and conscious of possible contagions.
4) Consider alternatives to a leash and neck collar for more control.
- Cars and people are passing and even the most well trained pet can sometimes forget things or not pay attention to commands during commotion such as that found in the regular hustle and bustle of a city.
- Try a harness. Breeds with a short nose and pushed in face (ex. chows, pomeranians, english bull dogs, pugs) especially should wear harnesses on walks rather than a leash and collar for their health and safety.
- Keep the leash short. This gives you more control over your pet when you are surrounded by strangers.
- Make sure the fit of whatever you are using is correct for your pet. Neck collars are easy to slip off when they are too loose. This is the last thing you want to happen in a busy city with traffic on every street.
5) Pet anxiety.
- If your pet has not been socialized or your pet is a rescue with an unknown history it is important to keep this in mind before going to an event with a lot of people.
- Pet anxiety appears as follows: Stooped pet with head down, tail tucked between legs, shifty eyes, or excessive panting without being tired.
- Even if you are in control of your pet, you are not in control of other people and children.
- Keep your pet out of danger by paying attention to your pet’s body cues.
- The best way to prevent anxious behavior is to work with your pet through proper socialization techniques.
6) Consider a basket muzzle.
- Your dog needs to pant in order to cool off so make sure you are using a muzzle that is safe for walking with your pet.
- Remember positive reinforcement and giving your pet treats regularly after s/he wears a muzzle. It needs to be a positive experience for your pet.
I hope these 6 Safe Urban Pet Travel Tips are helpful. -Travel Animal Doctor
- Remember to bring treats as rewards for good behavior.
- If your pet seems overwhelmed try to relax somewhere where there are not a bunch of crowds.
- In celebration of Arbor Day on April 24, 2015 I also wanted to show our love for forests with Jade and #Hugatree in awareness of the importance of forests with WWF.
This traveling animal doctor wishes you and your pet a fun and safe pet-friendly adventure!