by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Traveling with a pet can be tricky and frustrating business. There are multiple things to consider and sometimes things just get out of control and hard to stay on top of. If you're traveling with your pet in a crate, there is a whole slew of things to keep in mind as you travel, not the least of which being supplying adequate food and drink for your pet. One of the best ways to secure a good supply of water is by putting ice cubes in your pet's water bowl.
For obvious reasons, you shouldn't feed your pet for several hours before traveling by plane. You don't want them to have to go to the bathroom in the middle of traveling, especially when that if often an impossible thing for them to do while traveling. Finding places for your pet to do their business is not always easy. You should give them a little water beforehand, but don't bother filling the water tray in their pet carrier. It will likely tip over and make them wet and miserable. Having a wet and sopping crate would be fun for no one—your pet would be whining and you would have to listen to it.
The best way to give your pet the hydration it needs is to place a few ice cubes in the water bowl in the pet carrier. This way, your pet can drink the water as it melts and it ideally won't drink it all at once, necessitating no emergency stop at the side of the road. Also, with the ice cubes, you can avoid the sloshing of just free water. (And your pet can enjoy nice and cold water—that's always preferable to room temperature water!)
So, when traveling with your pet, you can't forget little details, and one of those details is easily just the food and water aspect of traveling. By putting ice cubes in the bowl in your pet carrier, then you can avoid a couple of different problems and enjoy a much more pleasant trip!
Instead, try putting a few ice cubes in the water tray. As they melt, they'll supply just enough water to keep your pet content.
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