While the Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the health and economies of the world, those aren’t the only areas that have been affected. Travel has also been dramatically slowed or shut down across most of the world. Millions who would have traveled throughout 2020 and the start of 2021, were simply unable to.
Many people used to love going on cross-country or international travels with their pets, as well. While travelling with your pet will likely be possible again soon, things might look a little different. With that in mind, this blog post is going to go over a few things to keep in mind when travelling with your dog post-Covid-19.
Educate Yourself on the Risks
While we know all about the transmission risks when it comes to humans, what about dogs? Before you travel with a dog, it is a good idea to learn more about their relationship with Covid-19. While many dogs have been infected with the disease, there is no evidence that dogs or other animals play a major role in transmitting the virus to humans.
However, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be careful. While you don’t need to make your dog wear a mask, it could be a decent idea to socially distance with them a little. If they come in contact with someone who has Covid-19, there is always a chance that the virus could come in contact with their fur, and could be passed on to you that way.
As a result, once you travel with your dog, it is a good idea to get them a pet carrier Via furry friends gear. This can keep them safe and away from others who could potentially be a risk.
Plan Ahead and do Your Research
Planning is always important when travelling with your pet. You need to ensure the places you go are pet-friendly, and ensure you have all the gear ready for your furry friend. However, this planning is more important than ever today. Many places have changed their policies due to Covid-19, so you simply can’t assume a place is still pet-friendly today simply because it was in the past.
Be sure to check online for updates policies, and don’t shy away from reaching out to companies or establishments directly. In addition to hotels and restaurants, you also want to check with airlines. Some airlines have disallowed pets or introduced tighter restrictions. These are obviously important to familiarize yourself with to ensure you can actually get to where you wanted to go.
Have a Backup Plan
Despite all of your planning and research, things can still go off the rails. For example, a place that is normally open to pets, could have shut down or introduced further restrictions due to an outbreak or increased number of cases in the area. Things like this are impossible to predict, and you need to be prepared for anything.
The same goes for your hotel, and other places you and your pet were deciding to go. Things can change at a moment’s notice, and you don’t want to be stuck with nowhere to stay or nowhere to eat. Always pack extra than what you think you may need, and make sure to have a backup hotel or some other type of lodging in mind if your hotel all of a sudden won’t accept pets.
In conclusion, travelling with your dog once Covid-19 is over will look a little different, but still be possible. If you can educate yourself, plan ahead, and have a backup plan, you should be well-equipped to deal with the changes.