Traveling with your cat, dog or other pet is a very fun activity that can help build an even stronger bond. Unfortunately, with the recent Covid-19 pandemic, travel has been all but put on hold in many cases.
However, the situation is beginning to improve. With cases dropping as of early-mid 2021, and the vaccine being rolled out across the world, travel should once again be on the horizon. While traveling with your pet will once again be possible soon, things may look a little different than before. As a result, it is important to be prepared to ensure your travel plans go as smoothly as possible.
Without any further ado, let’s go over a few tips for traveling with your pet successfully in a post-Covid-19 world.
Be Aware of the Relationship Between Covid-19 and Pets
The first tip is to truly understand the relationship between Covid-19 and pets. While animals can get Covid, there is no evidence that they play a significant role in transmitting the virus to humans.
While they can’t do this directly, there are ways that they can contribute to spreading. For example, if someone pets your dog who has the virus, there is a chance the virus could reside on your dog’s fur or collar for a little while, and be transmitted that way.
Because of this risk, it is a good idea to keep your pet away from others in most cases when traveling. When traveling, get a quality pet carrier from Furry Friends Gear to ensure the risk of transmission is at its lowest. While travel might be possible soon, that doesn’t mean there won’t still be a potential risk for Covid-19, so you need to be safe.
Have a Plan, But Keep Some Flexibility
Planning is always an important part of traveling with pets, but once things open back up, it will be more important than ever to plan appropriately. Many businesses have changed their policies and requirements from what they were pre-Covid-19. So simply because a hotel or restaurant accepted pets in the past, doesn’t mean they will now.
You should head online and confirm that the things you plan on doing and where you are staying are still okay with pets. If not, it could essentially ruin your trip and force you to make last-second changes. However, while planning is crucial, be sure to have some wiggle room in your plans. Things can change on a day to day basis as long as Covid is still around, so always be flexible if a business or hotel has an outbreak and needs to shut down operations for a while.
Check With Your Vet Before You Go
A vet checkup is an important thing to do before any trip, but especially if you haven’t taken one in a while due to Covid-19. This visit can help you ensure that your pet is in good shape and is capable of traveling successfully. This vet visit should also be used to ensure that your pet is up-to-date when it comes to their vaccinations.
They should also be free from things like ticks, fleas and other things. If your pet gets anxious or nauseous during travel, they can recommend medication or other ways to assist with these issues. Be sure to get a copy of your pets medical records to bring with you in case something happens and you need to prove they are vaccinated or provide their information.
In conclusion, while traveling with a pet in a post-Covid-19 world will be different, it will be possible. We hope that this article and the tips inside of it have proven useful as you begin to plan your travels once Covid-19 is under control.