Stress

PETS MAY FIND TRAVELLING ‘STRESSFUL’ an experience which some pets will not tolerate lightly – BUT ‘NO’ TRANQUILLIZERS SHOULD BE GIVEN, NOT EVEN A MILD ONE.

Stress is a common problem for cats and dogs, especially when many cats and dogs are not used to travelling or being left alone in unfamiliar surroundings. Often the only time they will leave their house or territory is to go to the vets, boarding kennels or to move house.
It is potentially dangerous to sedate animals in transit and for this reason it can not be done. However, some people have used other methods of calming their pets who are travelling.
Pheremomone “spray” such as Feliway can be effective at calming cats whilst Adaptil can be effective at calming dogs. You can use the spray version of the product on blankets or bedding that are used in your pet carrier. This pheromone provides reassurance to the pet helping them to feel safe and secure when encountering new experiences of unfamiliar sights and sounds and unknown environments.

IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR PET’S STRESS TO AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL – TRY NOT TO HAVE HIM/HER IN BOARDING KENNELS PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT( IT MIGHT BE CONVENIENT FOR THE SHIPPER BUT IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF YOUR PET). THE LAST THING YOUR PET NEEDS IS BEING AWAY FROM HOME OVER NIGHT, IN A STRANGE PLACE, AND HANDLED BY LOTS OF STRANGERS THEY DON’T KNOW PRIOR TO A LONG HAUL FLIGHT. FAR BETTER TO BRING THEM INTO THE CHECK-IN POINT YOURSELF, JUST PRIOR TO TAKE-OFF IF YOU ARE ABLE TO.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BRING YOUR PET INTO THE CHECK-IN POINT YOURSELF TRY TO ARRANGE IT WITH A FAMILY MEMBER, OR FRIENDS – THE PEOPLE THEY KNOW AND TRUST. THIS WILL CERTAINLY HELP KEEP THOSE VERY IMPORTANT STRESS LEVELS AT A MORE ACCEPTABLE TOLERANCE.

THOSE OWNERS WITH AGEING PETS SHOULD SEEK VETERINARIAN ADVICE BEFORE THE MOVE ESPECIALLY WHERE A LONG-HAUL FLIGHT IS INVOLVED AND WHERE PETS HAVE TO FACE QUARANTINE ON THEIR ARRIVAL.

Travelling will always be stressful for cats and dogs but taking some of these steps can minimise this stress and give you some further peace of mind.