A common reason why most people shy away from parenting a dog is the fear of being housebound once a dog is at home.
People are quick to assume that travel plans are impossible with a furry friend in the family.
But don’t be so quick to chuck your travel plans because once you get all the necessary info on travelling with your dog, you will want to hop on the next train and vacay with your pet in Goa.
We will be covering the basics of travelling by car, flight, bus and train but a few things remain the same regardless of the mode of transport you choose.
Health and Identification:
- Book an appointment with your pet’s vet before you start the journey. Ensure that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Your vet should also issue a health certificate as near to the date of travel as possible.
- It is best not to give your pet any unfamiliar food supply. Bring their regular food on board. But, if you are looking to introduce your pet to a new range of quality food, check out our website!
- Carry First Aid with you. We never know when an emergency might crop up. To keep yourself prepared, carry a specialised First Aid Kit with you. We have covered this topic in detail in another blog post. You should also be aware of nearby vet hospitals while travelling.
If your pet were to get lost on your journey, your chances of finding her are greatly improved with proper identification.
- Your dog’s collar should display their name, your contact details and evidence of rabies shots.
- Microchipping your dog is also a wonderful idea since even collars can get lost.
- Once your dog is found, you should bring a recent photograph of you with your dog to the finder so they can confirm that you are indeed the parent.
Car Travel with Dog:
Without the necessary steps, car travel can be stressful for your puppy. Before embarking on your adventure, introduce your pet to the car by taking her on short trips around your residence. Start your trip once you are sure, she is familiar with the car. To make the journey as easy as possible, consider the following steps:
Rest Stops- Rest stops are important for two reasons. One is to avoid travel burnout and to allow them to walk around since unlike us couch potatoes, dogs do not fancy sitting for long in one spot. They need to stretch and refresh themselves. The second reason is obvious- potty time!
Backseat- Having your dog in the front seat can distract the driver and in the event, an airbag is deployed, it can harm your darling. Moreover, there’s more space in the back seat and they can choose a comfortable position to settle into.
Heads Inside- It is common knowledge by now that dogs love sticking their heads outside but you know better. When they stick their head outside, cold air and dust particles are forced into their lungs making them sick and your travel plan spoiled.
Water- The first few hours of the trip can be nerve-wracking if your pet has not travelled a long distance before. To comfort them, frequently offer them water. However, it would be a good idea to start their trip on an empty stomach to prevent car sickness.
Always keep them company- Under no circumstances should you leave your pet alone in the car especially during summers.
Train travel with Dog:
The good news is that Indian Railway allows your pets to be taken with you but a few rules apply. To not enter a sticky situation, you need to have a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations furnished by the railways.
A dog is allowed in a coupe or cabin of a train in A.C. First Class or First Class (Non-AC). However, dogs are strictly prohibited to be carried in ACC Sleeper Coaches, ACC Chair Car Coaches and second class coaches. Furthermore, the website mentions that you need to pay,
''Rs 10 per dog, charges being Prepaid...The dogs must be provided with collars and chains. Owners should make their arrangements for food and water for the dog during the journey. Dogs detected unbooked will be charged at six times the Luggage Scale Rate subject to a minimum of Rs 50.''
Flight travel with Dog:
After confirming that your pet is fit to travel by flight, you can opt a pet-friendly airline for flying.
In India, Air India, Spicejet and Vistara let you have your pets on board. However, such a provision does not exist for IndiGo and Air Asia.
Different rules apply for different air crafts but carrying your pet’s health certificate, proof of rabies shots and other documents confirming their identity is mandatory for all.
Additionally, flights require you to carry your pet in a kennel of the prescribed size. Kindly check the website of the airline of your choice to learn the instructions.
Bus travel with Dog:
In India, travelling with your pets by bus was not an option until now. Fortunately, the Karnataka State Transport Corporation lets your pet board with you. As per KSRTC’s new policy, pet parents can take their pets along with them.
The charge for a pet dog is the same as the charge for an adult but in the case of puppies, birds, rabbits and cats, the fare will be the same as that charged for a child.
Of course, there are rules to follow once you have decided to board the KSRTC with your pet. Click here to know more.
Cross Country Travel with Pet:
Looking to relocate with your pet in a different country? Well, each country has its sets of entry and exit laws. There is a lot of paperwork involved, however, USA and Canada are the easiest countries to travel with your furry friends. To allow entry to pets from a different country, these countries require your pet’s health certificate, vaccination records and no objection certificate from Animal Quarantine and Certification Service.
Travelling to Europe and Island countries such as Australia and New Zealand is a drawn-out process and often pet parents require help from external faculties to make things easier.