If you are planning to jet off somewhere, you need to have an action plan. More so if you are traveling with small dogs.
Whether you have got one pooch or more, pet travel rules remain the same. These days there are added precautionary measures that reinforce their safety (and yours too). It is best to start planning a month or at least weeks before the trip to get everything in order.
Here is everything you need to know:
TheChecklist: What Should You Do to Make Traveling with Small Dogs Easier During COVID-19?
Keep these questions in mind while planning your trip:
1. Is the Destination Dog-Friendly?
Your first task is to make sure that your destination and accommodations (i.e. hotels or Airbnbs) to see if they allow pets on the premises. Do the same research to plan a dog-safe itinerary. You should also look into the country’s travel guidelines. Learn the protocols for passengers traveling with dogs duringCOVID-19 to prepare yourself.
2. Are the Airlines Accepting Pets?
Having a small dog means that in-cabin flight is acceptable.Know beforehand if your furry friend will be allowed to fly with you or if you are required to opt for a cargo hold. Once you make this decision, follow the proper instructions to get the paperwork in order. Remember to follow up a week or two before flying with your dog to ensure that everything is in place.
3. Is Your Dog Fit Enough to Travel?
A visit to the vet is mandatory during pet travel. The standard procedure requires a complete checkup and necessary vaccinations. If you have an older dog, share your concerns about contraction and other health risks.
You will also need hardcopy and e-copy of these medical records depending on the airline and airport protocols.
4.What Are the Challenges You Might Encounter at the Airport?
Flying with a dog is never easy, the pandemic adds to the risks. Expect a long waiting line and few extra checkpoints before departure. This includes temperature checks and other necessary verifications.
Therefore, it is important to arrive early. Also, have a toy or treat at hand to prevent your pet from getting restless during the lineup.
The Back Up Plan: What If the Airline Denies Pet Travel at the Last Minute?
Emerging statistics and passenger safety can cause airlines to change guidelines out of the blue. It is essential to have a plan B in place to be on the safe side.
Your best bet is to ask a friend or family member to takeover pet care duties for the duration of your trip. Or, you may book a reliable pet boarding or kenneling service.
To ensure that this plan goes smoothly, you need to:
· Inform everyone involved about what you are doing so they can step up whenever required.
· Make an emergency contact list so that the sitter/caregiver knows who to call if your pet gets sick/hurt.
· Handover detailed instructions about allergies, medical records, and dietary restrictions.
· Pack your dog’s favorite items and essentials to make this separation easier for them.
In short, make a foolproof contingency plan, to keep your pet stays safe while you are away.
Verdict: Is Traveling with Small Dogs Safe During TheseTimes?
In the end, it all depends on you and your canine companion.Traveling with small dogs has changed post-COVID. Yet, it does not mean that you can’t have fun. If you are planning a trip, use our pet travel guidelines to prepare yourself. Also, check in with the vet to ensure that your dog is fit to travel. With proper planning and precautions, you are less likely to face any trouble.
So get ready to have a paw-tastic journey.