December 20, 2018
If you’re on the road for extended periods with furry travellers, there are some things you should bear in mind to keep your pets healthy. Although our four-legged friends don’t need as much luggage as we do, there are some essentials to consider in order for their journey to be as comfortable as possible.
Few things beat travelling with your best mate. But after many long journeys with my pets, I’ve learned that prevention is definitely better than trying to find a cure on the road. That’s why I’ve put together an essential pet packing list to help those of you that are planning a trip with your furry friends.
First Aid Kit
I try not to think about all the nasty things that can happen when travelling. But as I’ve gotten older, I realise the importance of having a first aid kit on hand in case of any unexpected accidents. I mean, what would happen if you were miles away from anywhere and your pet was seriously injured?
To give pet owners peace of mind, Dr Jo from Creature Clinics has put together this Pet First Aid Kit, which comes in various sizes depending on what type of pet you have. It includes a pet-specific first aid manual, step-by-step instructions on common pet emergencies, as well as essentials such as an antibiotic ointment, bandages and dressing, a saline flush, a digital thermometer and a tick remover.
As an owner of a light-coloured pet, I know the importance of avoiding harmful UV rays, as our four-legged friends need protection from the sun just like us. Petkin manufactures a Doggy Sun Mist that offers a convenient way of protecting your pet when exploring the great outdoors. Their nifty little product comes in two different application types, either a sunscreen mist that can be sprayed over your pet or a wipe that can be applied to sensitive places, such as your dog’s ears, nose and muzzle.
I know I’ve said it before, but I wouldn’t leave the house without a calming spray. Nowadays, there are so many pet calming products on the market, but I prefer a more natural option and nothing that has to be administered orally, as it creates a headache for everyone involved.
Non-Spill Travel Bowls
Keeping hydrated is essential for your pet’s health and a non-spill travel bowl will do the job. The Road Refresher can easily be filled with water and used in your car, boat or caravan, ensuring your four-legged friend has access to water when and where they need it. It means they’ll arrive at your destination feeling healthy and refreshed, rather than dragging you to the nearest water source.
Flea & Tick Prevention
I’ve heard so many stories from pet owners who were enjoying a relaxing holiday when their beloved dog was unexpectedly bitten by a tick. That’s why it’s essential that you invest in a reliable flea and tick treatment for your pet before heading away and ensure you administer it as required while on the road.
Of course, there are plenty of other things you should consider in relation to your pet’s health when travelling, such as skin allergies or digestive issues. Luckily, there are plenty of new and unique products that will also address these concerns.
Travelling is great, but travelling with a pet is even better. Just make sure that you’re well prepared to avoid any pet-related issues from ruining your holiday.