Traveling? Make Sure Your Pets Are OK

June 26, 2013

Man And Dog At BeachAccording to a recent survey, 75% of pet owners don’t trust airlines to care for their pets as cargo, and 73% feel guilty about leaving their pets at a kennel—it’s a real damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

So how are you supposed to travel confidently and without concern when you own a pet?

Many choose to take Fido with them on a road trip, but that really shouldn’t be your first option. It means you can’t travel across continents, and most people forget that car accidents are a far too common scenario—and there’s no real safe way to secure a pet (plus, unsecured, a pet could be a danger to you in an accident. The rule for unsecured items goes like this—would you be okay if someone threw it at your face with all their strength? No? Then make sure it’s secure—cds, and your cell phone especially can be dangerous in a car accident). An occasional dog friendly road trip is probably okay, just not ideal!

If you have the cash for it (no matter what, your vacation will cost more if you own pets), you can try a pet care service that will come to your home. You pets can eat and drink from their own bowl, run around their own yard, and hang out watching TV all day. (And if you own something other than a dog or cat? This is the perfect option). Of course, you need to make sure you have dogs that won’t bark all day long, whether they might have some abandoned aggression that leads them to destroy your things (my last dog always knew what the most valuable item to target was whenever we went on vacation!), and whether your outdoor cat will be ready to come back in at the evening check-in time.

Of course, many kennels aren’t as bad as they were even ten years ago. Many have newer, safer play areas, more luxurious kennels/beds, and webcams so you can check in on your pets from the road!

Whichever route you choose, going away will be at least a little stressful for your pet—so make sure their immune system is boosted with colloidal silver. In your yard or at a kennel, they will be more likely to get sick from anything they come into contact with. A small splash of colloidal silver into the water bowl will help their bodies fight pathogens.

Bonus—colloidal silver will help keep outdoor water bowls more fresh by fighting the growth of bacteria in the warm summer days.

What do you do with your pets when you go on vacation?

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