There is no doubt that America loves their dogs. In fact, tens of millions of households own at least one dog. Many even like to travel across the world with their pets. Unfortunately, the recent Covid-19 pandemic essentially stopped all of this travel in its tracks.
However, with vaccines rolling out over the last few months, we are inching closer and closer to getting back to normal. But even once the pandemic is in the rear view, traveling with your pet may look a little different.
With that in mind, this article is going to go over some tips to help you prepare for traveling with your dog in a post-Covid-19 world.
Be Aware of The Relationship Between Covid-19 and Pets
The first thing when preparing to travel with your dog in a post-Covid-19 world is to learn their relationship with the virus. Pets can indeed get Covid-19, and it can be easily transferred from person to pet.
As of right now, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading Covid-19 to people. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be careful. While they cannot directly pass the disease on to you (or at least very rarely), someone with the virus could interact with your pet, and it could reside on your pet’s fur and be transferred to you that way.
While your dog doesn’t need to wear a mask, of course, it could be wise to keep them socially distant from other dogs and people. This could be through keeping them on a shorter leash or even picking them up a quality and comfortable pet carrier from Furry friends gear to use when traveling.
Know the Rules and Restrictions
By now, most of us have become accustomed to dealing with restrictions of all shapes and sizes. While the rules have been quite strict for people, they have often become even more strict for animals. Many hotels, restaurants and even airlines have restricted pets or disallowed them entirely.And simply because somewhere allowed pets in the past, doesn’t mean they will now.
While these restrictions are being lifted, everywhere is different. It’s a good idea to do your research on the rules of where you are traveling so you know what to expect. This allows you to prepare your plans and your itinerary so both you and your pet can have a good time.
Incorporate Some Wiggle Room in Your Plans
While it is always good to have some flexibility in your travel plans, this is especially true during Covid-19. Things can change in an instant during these times. A place that was open one day could be closed the next. And a place that was completely open to dogs a day ago might not be today.
This could be due to an increase in cases, an outbreak, new mandates or anything in between. You might not need to use this wiggle room and your plans may go off without a hitch. However, it is better to have this flexibility and not need it than it is to need it and not have it.
Traveling as normal with your dog will soon be possible, much to the joy of millions all over the world. We hope this article has been able to help you understand what that travel might look like and how you can best prepare for a wonderful trip.
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