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The Necessity of Pet Travel Insurance

Friday, November 26th, 2010

If pet insurance seems frivolous then initially the thought of pet travel insurance can seem ridiculous. But you’d be careless to think that way, traveling is an invitation for chaotic and unforeseen scenarios, and animals tend not to respond very well with these things! If you think you can simply take your pet on vacation every time and not worry about it then perhaps you should read on.

Traveling with your pet is expanding the boundaries of your relationship, often in a way that will be new and confusing to your pet. From the safety of your home your pet Chihuahua might know not to chew up your shoes or pee on the floor, but this is hardly the same thing while traveling abroad. There are 3 reasons why you need pet travel insurance

First of all you have no idea how your pet will react to a different humidity, different weather, different insects and animals and perhaps even different food. There is a myriad of respiratory and stomach problems these different conditions could cause. The point is that it is quite easy for your pet to be ill, and what happens if you have to seek out a vet while traveling? What if you have to take your pet to the vet once you get back for a vaccination or some sort of treatment? You’re already strapped for cash after all of the ordinary vacation expenses.

Secondly, the overwhelming stress your pet is going through can cause it to misbehave. Even if your pet doesn’t misbehave, imagine it vomiting or having diarrhea in your hotel room and having to pay damages. This can add up quickly in any number of ways.

The final point I’ll make is that there may be occasions where you can’t take your pet with you where you’re going. Maybe you’re taking a specific tour that doesn’t allow animals, or planning on eating out at a fancy restaurant. If you need someone to watch over your pet this can be costly to find someone you trust. If you had pet travel insurance you probably could have covered each of these individual problems!

I hope you can see now why it’s important to take another see something you may have originally written off. Pet insurance and pet travel insurance have both been taking off in popularity throughout the last thirty years, and it’s because they are both valuable and necessary.

Are Pet Travel Carriers Necessarilly?

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

When you have a plan to travel across country or to your local veterinarian, you will wonder how to bring your pets with you. At this time, if you choose a right pet travel carriers can make your journey less stressful for your beloved pets and less of a hassle for you. But what constitutes ideal dog carriers, cat carriers, and bird carriers? That depends upon your preferences, here are some carriers for your pet travel that you can choose.

Pet Wheeled Carriers

Typically, a pet wheeled carrier has a handle that makes it easy to pull, and some convert to backpacks, car seats and beds. If you’re looking for a multitasking wheeled dog carrier, make sure that it is soft sided, is ergonomically contoured with padded shoulder straps, and includes a safety strap that attaches to your dog’s collar. Most importantly, be sure to purchase the proper size: small pet carriers are typically ideal for dogs up to 8 pounds; medium pet carriers are good for dogs up to 15 pounds; and large holds dogs up to 30 pounds. Keep in mind that the weight of your pet is not the only factor in choosing the properly sized pet carrier; the critical question you should ask yourself is whether or not your dog will be comfortable in the container.

While some pet wheeled carriers resemble luggage, others resemble baby strollers. You can find heavy-duty pet strollers that, like baby strollers, have push-button folding for flat storage. Look for a stroller that has both front and back zippered entrances, as well as a mesh ventilated pet compartment. For safety’s sake, select one that has front suspension and locking brakes. Strollers are ideal for older or ill pets, and work well for puppies and kittens, as well as other small animals.

Front Pet Carriers

A front pet carrier is a styled like a vest, and allows you to carry your pet hands-free wherever you go. Pet front carriers are ideal for virtually any small animal, from dogs and cats to rabbits and ferrets. You can cuddle your pet in the kangaroo pouch of a pet front carrier and keep your animal close to your heart.

When shopping for a pet front carrier, look for one with adjustable shoulder straps, a waist strap for stability, a safety leash collar attachment, and a firm padded bottom to keep your pet comfortable. If your pet likes to “hang loose,” models have openings for legs and the tail.

Pet Travel Carrier Totes

Today, of course, pet totes are all the rage, and you can choose from among any number of utilitarian or designer pet carriers. From those made out of straw to those made out of faux crocodile leather, there is a designer pet carrier to complement every outfit in your wardrobe. When shopping for a pet tote, make sure to select one that is easy to open and that has proper ventilation. Gripper feet on the bottom help keep the tote from sliding around, while an extra pocket comes in handy for holding pet essentials.

Bird Carrier

If you’re a bird owner, have you ever considered taking your bird on an outdoor adventure? Backpack bird carriers are smaller than birdcages, but allow you to take your pet on hikes, bike rides, and boating trips, as well as to the veterinarian. When shopping for bird carriers, look for a strong, stainless steel cage with removable and replaceable perches. Make sure that the shoulder straps are padded for your comfort, and that the cage door loads from the back for extra safety.

Like this, pet travel carriers are very necessarily if you want to take your pet travel,  but they can also add some style and adventure to your life. Best of all, you’ll be able to take Max or Princess with you to more places than ever before!