How to make traveling with pets easier for everyone
May 27, 2021, 8:26:53 AM
Traveling with Croatian airlines
Only cats and dogs (accompanying a passenger) can be transported in the passenger cabin, unless it is forbidden by the state where the pets are transported to and provided the Croatia Airlines rules and regulations are complied with. Passengers must collect all the information about regulations of the country they are travelling to and make sure they possess the required documents. It is necessary to make a reservation in advance and pet transport is always charged additionally.
Animals have to be transported in a proper container, big enough for the animal to be able to stand in. The size of the container is limited and its dimensions cannot exceed 115 cm. The bottom of the container has to be water-resistant and the maximum weight of the container with the pet is 8 kg. Only one pet container is allowed per passenger. The container with the pet must be stowed on the floor under the seat in front of the passenger for the whole duration of the flight.
Domestic flights: 150 HRK + VAT (25%)
International flights (within Europe): 50 EUR / 60 USD / 60 CAD
International flights (outside Europe): 70 EUR / 100 USD / 100 CAD
(source: Croatian Airlines)
Traveling with a car
Check with your veterinarian and renew any shots that are due. Make sure your pet is healthy. There may be parasites where you are headed that are different from where you live. So make shute to give your pet a treatment of flea and tick medication if you notice that the pet is ill, and consult your veterinarian. Some parts of the country, especially wooded areas, may be infested with fleas and ticks. So be careful while exploring the local area, and ask locals for help and directions.
Check your pet's supplies
Pack all of the necessary items in one small bag and keep it where you can get to it:
- leash and collar
- name tag (with your contact on it)
- picture of your pet (in case you should be separated)
- bottled water and a portable water dish
- supply of pet food, dish, and spoon
- dog treats (all good pets deserve a treat now and then)
- toys (save a special chew bone or toy for the trip to keep your pet entertained)
- medication (including eye and ear drops, ear powder, tweezers for removing burrs, and any pills or vitamins your pet may be taking)
- pet harness for riding in the car (pets need to be "buckled up for safety")
- An old sheet or two for covering up hotel furniture that your pet may jump up on
- pee clean-up sheets
- plastic bags for picking up after your pet
Tips to make your pet more comfortable
Grooming your pet including bathing, combing and nail trim before the trip will make your pet more comfortable and presentable.
Feed your pet several hours before you depart and then take them for a long walk before you start your trip.
Getting the car ready
Create a place where your pet can ride safely and still see out the window. Locate your pet where you can touch them to reassure them that you are with them. Having your pet sit in your lap is not a good idea. They will also need access to their water.
A favorite blanket or pet bed would be helpful to take so they feel "at home."
Don't forget the pet harness or pet car seat as you don't want them flying through the windshield if you have to stop suddenly.
If you cat is traveling with you, make a place for the portable kitty litter tray. Behind the front seat will do well in some cars.
Pack their pet carrier and/or pet crate as these are essential for traveling pets. Many hotels will not allow pets in rooms unattended unless they are crated.
Traveling down the highway
Chances are your pet will sleep ninety percent of the time when they are not looking out the window or getting some attention from you.
Make sure your air conditioning is working properly and that you use it while driving. Don't roll down the windows and let your dog hang its head out of the window, and never have your pet in the back of a truck.
You need to stop every 2-3 hours to let your pet stretch their legs. Always keep your pet on a leash while in public and respect the rights of other travelers. They might not care for pets as much as you do.
Never leave your pet unattended in a car
Modern automobiles are virtually air tight and a pet left alone in a car is at risk of not getting enough air, or suffering from heat exposure. Even though the air temperature is only 70 degrees, a car in the sun will get hot very quickly. If you must leave your pet in the car, roll down the windows enough for adequate ventilation without allowing your pet to jump out.
Overnight in a apartment
Hopefully, you booked a pet friendly apartment or mobile home from our website. By doing so you will not have to worry as much, and it will make your vacation a lot more relaxed.
Be courteous to other citizens in the local area and keep your pet leashed, quiet, and well behaved while you are there. Walk your pet in designated areas and be sure to clean up after them.
Check for pet friendly beaches in your chosen destination, you can also ask locals about some recommendations. Make sure that your pet stays close to you, and that they don’t try to chew on anything from the sea, since it could be harmful for the pet. Entertain your pet with some toys and keep a towel handy to help them get dry quicker when it is time to return to your accommodation.