10 Travel Tips for You & Your Pets!

With summer vacations right around the corner, we know that fun getaways are part of people’s summer plans! With all the preparation needed before the trip, lets not forget about our four-legged friends. Are you planning to travel with your pet? Traveling with your cat or dog requires early planning and provision. When you follow these 10 tips, flying with and lodging your pet can be a breeze.

1.     Book Your Flights Well in Advance

Because many airlines limit the number of animals on a flight to just one or two, booking early is key. Booking early increases the likelihood of obtaining a ticket for your pet and gives you more time to review the airline’s regulations and recommendations and prepare accordingly.

2.     Schedule a Checkup

Within ten days of your flight date, schedule a checkup for your cat or dog to ensure he or she is healthy enough for international travel and all of his or her immunizations are up to date. Request a verification of health and immunizations from your veterinarian to present to the airport if necessary.

3.     Choose Your Flight Wisely

When choosing a flight, a one-flight trip is always safest for pets in the cargo area. Avoiding a layover can help prevent losing a pet in the changeover process, i.e. he or she is moved to the wrong flight. Travel when temperatures are mild to prevent exposure to extreme heat or cold during the flight if your pet will be riding cargo.

4.     Feeding Time

Feed your pet approximately four hours before lift off. Feeding too close to your flight time can give your cat or dog an upset stomach during the flight. Exercise your dog right before the flight and during any layovers if possible.

5.     Arrive Early

It’s important to arrive for your flight earlier than usual when traveling with a pet. This ensures time to get everything approved as well as exercise your pet and allow him or her an ample drink of water.

6.     Practice, Practice, Practice

Buy a pet carrier well in advance, and have your pet practice staying in the pet carrier, first with you nearby and then alone. Riding in a carrier ahead of time will help your pet come familiar with the feeling and prevent or minimize anxiety during the flight.

7.     Never Sedate Your Pet

Although pet owners often believe that sedating their pet will improve their traveling experience, sedation can cause respiratory distress as the flight enters higher altitudes. Never sedate your pet before travel.

8.     Yes, Your Pet Needs a Passport

If flying internationally, over 240 countries require that your pet have a passport. Knowing all pet import rules and regulations can help make your travel process smoother.

9.     Check Out Pet Friendly Hotels, Park and Other Spots

Going back to Tip 1, booking early enough should help you review flight rules and regulations. However, during this process, make sure you check out all the pet friendly hotels, parks, and other spots in the area of our destination so that your pet doesn’t get shut out!

10.     It’s Ok to Leave Your Pet

We know how important it is to have your pet with you but sometimes the trip may be too short or long, or just not accommodating. Make sure to do your research thoroughly. If it seems like it can work, great! If not, make plans to leave your pet at home in comfort as it will give you something to look forward to coming home!

Traveling with your pet can be easy as one, two, three if you follow these simple recommendations! Please let us know if these tips on travel with your pet help. For more information, check this site out!


Home Security Tips for Summer Traveling

Summer is the perfect time for relaxing and letting go of worries, but taking a casual approach to your home’s security could make your house a target for a burglar. Even something as simple as leaving a window unlocked for a night could lead to disaster.

Following a few basic home security tips can give you piece of mind so that you can enjoy your summer.

Remember to Lock Doors
When you’ve got neighborhood friends coming over for summer parties every other night, it’s easy to forget to close and lock your doors. Make a habit of checking your home’s entry points each night before you go to bed.

Check Your Windows
Opening a window is a good way to cool your house, but it does make it easier for an intruder to get in. Take care when leaving a window open during the night; you can stop an intruder from fully opening a window by placing a pipe in the window track.

Don’t Make Your Vacation Obvious
If you take a long summer trip, your absence may be obvious to potential burglars. Make your home appear occupied by employing a few home security tips, including setting timers for your lights and arranging for someone to collect your mail and newspaper.

Clear Away Hiding Spots
Overgrown shrubs near windows make good hiding spots for burglars attempting to get into your home. Take advantage of the pleasant summer weather to trim the hedges around your yard.

Give a Key to a Neighbor
Having a spare key on your property seems like a good idea, especially if you’re expecting a house guest to arrive while you’re out. Hiding a key under a rock, however, is a risky idea that may give an intruder an easy way inside. Instead, give your spare key to a trusted neighbor.

Make sure you have a Home Security System Setup
Having a home security system active while away for the summer brings peace of mind and remote capabilities to monitor your home while enjoying a swim.

Protect and view your home with advanced features like security cameras, central station monitoring and the ability to see your home from your computer, phone or tablet.

Schedule an appointment today!