Pets are family. It's no surprise that pet owners want to bring their pets with them when they travel. Sometimes, though, it's better for the pet if they stay home. Here are a few things to consider before you decide whether to bring your pet with you on your next trip...
Is your pet in good health?
Elderly or sick animals, for example, might not endure travel as well as they used to. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you.
Does your pet have a suitable temperament?
Traveling tends to put you in contact with new situations, people, and even other pets. Pets who find changes stressful may not enjoy traveling. Pets who are aggressive or fearful are not good candidates for travel.
Is your pet well-mannered?
Being housetrained and having good house manners are important. It's also important to make sure your pet doesn't get overly excited when he sees new faces (or snouts!). Having a dog lunging and pulling at the end of his leash can be a bit disconcerting for a stranger, even if the dog just wants to say hello.
What do you plan to do on your holiday?
If you plan to spend the majority of your days visiting the local attractions, or hitting the ski hills, for example, then it's best to leave your pet with a trusted caregiver. It's just not fair to leave your pet alone for so many hours, in an unfamiliar environment.
On the other hand, if you like to do things that can include your pet - hiking, walking, visiting local parks, kayaking or canoeing, sailing, or just hanging out - then bringing your pet along could be a lot of fun.
Does your pet enjoy traveling - and do you enjoy bringing him?
Stressed-out pets make for stressed-out pet owners. The reverse is also true. Some pets simply don't like to travel, and it's no fun for pet owners either when they have to manage distressed or car-sick pets.
Many pets love to vacation with their families and everyone has a great time. But if your pet prefers to stay home with someone that will take good care of him, well, that's okay too. He'll greet you happily when you return.