When you have a pet, it’s like you have a child and a best friend at once. Our furry friends are there for us, they are the source of great joy and comfort, but they are a great responsibility and can sometimes cause you a headache. When you travel, you feel heartbroken for leaving them behind, but taking them with you can be a challenge as well as a joy.
You have a piece of mind
When you have to travel even for a short while and leave your pet behind, it’s natural that you feel anxious and worried about them. Yes, your friends, parents, or your partner know your pet well and the will take good care of them, but you can’t help but worry about them. When you take your pets along, you can be sure that they are well because they are always by your side. You know where they are and how they feel, and best of all, you know they are happy because they get to spend time with you instead of separated from you.
You are always on guard
On the other hand, travelling with pets is much like travelling with children: you have to stay alert and be on your guard all the time. You have to have your pet on a leash or in their special box, you need to make sure they haven’t wandered around, or if they did that they don’t get in trouble with other people’s pets. This is especially true of dogs which enjoy running around and playing with other dogs, and we all know that not all dogs are friendly.
You have the best companion
You and your pet are best friends, they have a special place in your heart, and you are probably the light of their life. There is nothing better than sharing wonderful experiences with someone you love and care about, and pets definitely fall into that category. You can be sure that they will love the change of scenery and a chance to go off and explore new streets, parks, and landscapes. Especially if you’ve travelled together before, pets can really be the most wonderful companions and they can make your travelling experience ten times better simply by being present and being there with you.
You need to adjust your plans
However, it’s not all fun and games when you bring them along. You need to pack a lot more things than you would otherwise: their food, their medicine, their toys, and something for them to sleep in/on. What is more, you need to find out whether your hotel is pet-friendly and you need to find pet-friendly cafés and restaurants so both of you can eat and have a drink in peace, and not spend time in parks alone. Luckily, there is an app called Bring Fido that helps you locate restaurants which will let you bring your dog.
It could be good for them
Just as you need a change of scenery and climate for your health, the same could be said for your pets. Sometimes they will benefit from spending some time in the sun, wandering through a national park, swimming in a lake or an ocean, and running through countryside. If your pet is old, allergic or even sick, it will do them good to take them away to a place where they might be able to rest and heal, and they will enjoy it even more if you’re there with them.
Long talks to your vet
Before you head off anywhere, it’s important to let your vet know what you’ve been planning to do. This might seem like a dull and unnecessary task, however, vets can run some tests and let you know whether it’s safe to travel with your furry friend or not, for whatever reason. Make sure your pet is up-to-date with their vaccines and you might also want to ask them to give you a sedative so your journey is easier for your pet too. If for whatever reason your pet isn’t fit for this journey, think about leaving them in a kennel or a pet motel. Places like Cooltre Pet Motel accommodate both cats and dogs and you will be sure that your furry friend is safe, sound, and taken care of while you’re away.
You and your per probably love each other to bits, you love being together, cuddling, and playing different games. It’s like having a toy, a child, and a devoted best friend at once and it’s only natural that you want what is best for them. When you feel like you need a break from everything, that doesn’t include your furry friend, so you might think about taking them along and going on an adventure together.
Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. She is passionate about exploring different places across the globe and believes that first you need to get lost before you can get found. In her free time you can find her hiking with her furry four-legged friend.