Most travel experiences come with their own unique stresses, but traveling with an animal presents some truly unique challenges. These challenges are increased dramatically if the pet that you’re traveling with is unwell. While traveling by car, plane or boat can be an exciting event for your family dog, it can also become a massive cause of stress if they’re not used to it or if they’re already struggling to cope with being unwell. From car sickness to more worrisome existing conditions, there are ways that you can make sure your pet travels much easier, no matter how unwell they may be.
If your pet is not suffering from any illnesses before you set off on your journey, then your major concern is going to be car sickness. This is more common in puppies and kittens than those that are more mature, but like humans, travel sickness can strike at any time. There are some easy ways to tackle this. Start by opening up all of the windows by an inch or two, to allow for airflow and to decrease the pressure of an enclosed environment. This reduces pressure in your animal’s ears, and make it much more enjoyable for them. Keep your pets secured and safe, and make sure that they are able to see out of the windows and face forward without any difficulty. This way, you reduce the potential for arriving at your destination with an unhappy animal or vomit on your seats.
If your dog is unwell before you even get into your car, then you’re going to need to take some extra precautions. Make sure, of course, that your pet has all of their essential medications. The more serious your pet’s illness, the more essential the need to ensure they have access to their medicines at all times. In severe cases of illness like cancer, look at some of the relaxation treatments that are available. Not only can they keep your pet calm, in some cases they can even be more beneficial than other treatments. CBD has shown to be especially beneficial for helping cancer in dogs, and can help make your and their journey much more comfortable.
Support your animal
One of the most important things to consider when traveling with a pet is not to get agitated when they do. Traveling with an animal can be very stressful, but the more stressed you get, the more stressed they get. If the worst happens and you do end up covered in cat or dog vomit, it’s essential that you don’t shout at or punish your pet. They already feel bad, they didn’t do it on purpose, and all of the shouting and telling off is only going to make matters worse. Instead, give them strokes and calming chit-chat, and make sure that they understand that you’re not angry.
Even if your animal is unwell, taking journeys should be fun for them. It’s a whole new experience, and with the right planning, both you and they will have a much more relaxed journey.