Traveling with your pet can be a greatly enjoyable experience for the whole family, especially when the correct preparation is completed beforehand. Cages, be they dog cages or cat cages, even bird cages when the situation calls for it, are the primary necessity whenever traveling anywhere with your pet. Even for those pets not normally caged at home, the use of cages can help to calm a stressed animal that suddenly finds itself in strange and perhaps frightening surroundings. Many accommodations that allow pets to stay with you do require the use of cages for those staying overnight. This serves to protect pets from escaping, from destroying the linoleum bathroom floor when you are out shopping, and keeps the poor stranger delivering room service safe from an inadvertent guard dog attack.
These same cages can help owners transport their pets safely, keeping them out from underfoot when driving, or safely secured when flying to a destination. Lugging these cages around is always worth it in the end. Having Sparky there next to you when you watch the evening news, even from across the country, can help to provide a little bit of home wherever you go. And if he does get a little peeved when he has to sleep in dog cages at night, he'll probably get over it the next day when you take him to a brand new beach or park he's never seen before.
Pet food is also a necessity, with many veterinarians recommending that owners maintain their pet's normal diet as much as possible when traveling. Changing your normal pet food can cause stomach upset in already stressed animals when they find themselves away from their normal routine. Packing as much pet food as will be needed is also recommended, as your particular choice of food may not be available everywhere you travel. Stomach upset, with any species, can lead to whining, vomiting, or even diarrhea. Your pet, as well as your upholstery, or your hotel manager's carpet, will appreciate the extra effort.
Leashes, tags and veterinary records are vital as well, and oftentimes required by the law. Control of your pet is an absolute must when visiting anywhere unfamiliar. Should the misfortune occur that your pet escapes or becomes lost, tags will provide you with a way to clearly identify the animal when consulting local agencies or residents. When traveling across state lines, or into a different country, current vaccination records are often required by local authorities to prevent the spread of disease. Having these records on hand will prevent travel delays, possible quarantine of your pet, or worse, refusal of authorities to let you enter their location at all.
Never forget that your pet needs to pack before a trip just like any other family would, though the pajamas can probably be omitted in this case. A few extra minutes can help prevent hours of problems and delays later on. The simple task of including cages and these other vital necessities will help to ensure enjoyable, efficient travel with your furry friend for years to come. Now go get ready, load Sparky in the car, and get going!