Should You Take Your Pet On Public Transportation? Here's What You Should Know

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Overcrowded with lack of space to move around can be extremely discomforting to your pet. It can cause panic and disorientation and might even bother fellow passengers. But there are times when it is mandatory to travel with your pet, for example a visit to the vet or if your pet is an aid-dog. As such aid dogs are not seen as pets and as helpers, hence a different set of regulations apply to them. Different modes of transport have different rules for carriage of pets. Make sure you read up on the various guidelines before traveling. If you are traveling by train, then it’s a good idea to call in ahead to check if it is acceptable to carry your pet. They usually allow pets free of charge. Pet carriers and leash are usually recommended on train. Buses have a mandatory rule for carrying your pet in carriers as they are extremely crowded forms of transportation. Metros also allow pets on board for free. It is advised to not allow your pets on escalators as their fur might get dislodged in the steps. Pets are allowed on ferries. However, they are barred from entering certain locations like passenger deck. Unlike trains and metros, there is usually a fee involved in taking your pet on ferries.

Some tips to help things through

Always make sure that your pet has relieved itself before traveling. This will avoid any embarrassing situations or discomfort to fellow passengers. Carry extra poop-bags just in case things don’t go as planned. If the journey is a long one, remember to carry food and fresh water for your pet. They can get quite cranky and hard to control if they go hungry or thirsty. On hot days, travel when the temperature is low. Early mornings and evenings are ideal. Anti-anxiety supplements before travel can help with restless animals. Always keep your pet under supervision and be mindful of other passengers. Assistance animals like dogs are allowed at most places without carriers or leashes. In such cases the animals must have proper accreditation.Take it as a general rule to make your pet as comfortable as possible given the circumstances. Provide it with a chew toy inside its carrier to keep it distracted. Make sure their leash fits them right. Certain animals are prone to motion sickness, special care must be taken in such cases. Repeatedly reinforce good and calm behavior with treats on public. This will build up their experience and will teach them to be calm. At the end of your journey give them peace quiet to de-stress. Commuting with your pet isn’t necessarily an easy task, but with little preparation it can be made easy and secure.

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