For most of us, pets are beloved family members, and it only stands to reason that when we travel, we want to bring them along with us. In most cases, this is not a problem, as long as pet owners are thoroughly prepared for the experience of traveling with their pets. Before you travel to downtown Edmonton or other locations with a cat, dog, or other pet, it’s important that you take the proper steps so that both you and your pet are prepared for the journey, and the hotel stay. Here are some tips that will help.

Being Prepared

If you’re planning on taking a trip and you want to bring your pet along, it’s a good idea to do a trial run first, and take a few shorter trips with your pet to see how they fare. If they get anxious or car sick, you may need to talk to your vet about how to alleviate these problems. Your vet may prescribe anti-nausea medication or other medications to help them to relax while in the vehicle and encountering new places, people and environment.

Buckle Up

Did you know that according to the AAA, approximately 30,000 accidents are caused each year due to unrestrained pets in the front seat? If you’re planning on taking a road trip, it’s a good idea to get a pet restraint. That way, your pet is less likely to be the cause of an accident, and it is less likely to be injured if there is an accident on your way to your destination and hotel.

Keep Your Pet Hydrated

It’s important that your pet is well-hydrated, so if you’re traveling, you’ll likely need to take frequent breaks to let your pet have something to drink (you should probably have something yourself as well). If you’re driving, plan to take frequent pit stops to give your pet a drink, and to let them get out and relieve themselves. Never leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle, where temperatures can soar to deadly levels in a matter of minutes. If you plan to leave your pet in a crate in a hotel room, make sure there is plenty of water available for them.

Flying with Pets

If you’re planning on traveling by air, you will need to seek out pet-friendly airlines, and check out their history of transporting animals (many pets have been lost, injured or killed during air travel). You might even want to consider a separate, pets-only airline such as Pet Airways for your furry friend, where they are checked on every 15 minutes, and given bathroom breaks upon landing.

Other Things to Consider

There are many other things that you need to consider before traveling with your pet. Make sure that you’re aware of any vaccinations your pet will need, and if the countries you’re traveling to require quarantine periods. Make sure that you have booked your stay at a pet-friendly hotel well in advance, and that you know all of their rules and regulations regarding pets. If you’re travelling to downtown Edmonton, Canterra Suites Hotel is the best pet-friendly hotel for short and long term stays.