Planning vacations and trips with your emotional support animal can be super fun. Millions of emotional support animal owners every year enjoy taking a much-deserved road trip or vacation with their ESA best friend.
Traveling by road is safe and easy with your emotional support animal, if you do it right. But whether you’re taking a fun road trip with your ESA or traveling by car to visit friends or family, it’s crucial that you know what to bring along to keep your ESA safe and happy while traveling by road.
All emotional support animal owners need to know how to travel by road safely with their ESA. Whether you are a seasoned traveler who has done lots of road trips or an ESA travel novice, it is important that you know what you’re doing.
Emotional support animal owners tend to have a lot of questions about traveling by road with their ESA. How do you travel with an emotional support animal? Is it safe to travel by road with your ESA? What is the safest way to drive with a dog? What should you give a dog for a long road trip? How do you travel in a car with a cat? What items should you bring when traveling by road with your emotional support pet? Let’s answer these questions today.
What Are The Advantages To Traveling With Your Emotional Support Pet?
An emotional support animal provides its owner with crucial companionship and love. ESA treatment is very effective at improving mental health. The main advantages of traveling with your ESA are:
- Improves your mental health and provides a sense of comfort
- Reduces the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and various phobias
- It’s a great bonding experience
- Makes it easier to meet new people
How Do You Travel With An Emotional Support Animal?
You can travel with an emotional support animal in your car. You can also take an ESA on most rail and bus routes. Emotional support pets are recognized under the Air Carriers Act and are generally allowed to travel along with their owner in the cabin of a commercial airline, provided they are a manageable species such as a dog, cat, pot-bellied pig, or miniature horse.
Is Traveling By Road With Your Emotional Support Animal Safe?
Traveling by road with your emotional support pet is a safe option. The most popular types of ESA, dogs and cats, are safe to take along in your car. It is important that you take sensible measures to make sure your journey goes smoothly and that your ESA, and you, are safe and happy.
What Is The Safest Way To Drive With A Dog?
When driving with your ESA dog, it is important to stay safe by doing the following:
- Visit a vet before your trip to make sure your dog is healthy and fit to travel
- Get your dog used to traveling by car by taking small trips first
- Make sure your dog is well exercised and calm
- Don’t allow your dog to travel on your lap or in the front seat; the best place for your dog to travel is in the back seat, in a crate, or with a barrier in place between the front and back seats
- Use a canine seatbelt that attaches to the dog’s harness if you are not using a crate
- Don’t allow your dog to put its head out the window
What Should You Give A Dog For A Long Road Trip?
Keep your dog occupied on a long road trip with:
- Food and treats
- Comfort blanket
- Calming tablets if necessary
How Do You Travel In A Car With A Cat?
When traveling with an ESA cat, you will need to bring most of the same equipment as when traveling with a dog. Most ESA cats will fit inside a crate, so keep your comfortable ESA in its travel crate with a blanket and some toys. Make sure your cat gets enough water and food, and regular chances to stretch its legs.
What Items Should You Bring When Traveling By Road With Your ESA?
Here are 12 essential items to bring along when traveling in a car with your emotional support animal. (Emotional support dogs and cats are the most popular ESA types, so our list focuses on traveling with them.)
- Plenty of water
- Food and treats
- Calming tablets
- First aid kit
- Vaccination records and ESA letter
- Comfort blanket
- Restraints (leads, harness)
- Waste bags
- Wet wipes and a towel
- Your vet’s contact details
What Mental Health Conditions Benefit From An Emotional Support Pet?
Any mental health condition can benefit from ESA treatment. This is because ESAs provide companionship, love, and support that is extremely effective at improving emotional wellbeing.
The most common types of mental health condition that are treated with emotional support pet ownership are:
How Do You Get An Emotional Support Animal Letter?
The quickest and simplest way to get an official emotional support animal letter is to arrange a consultation with a licensed mental health practitioner or doctor through the Moosh online clinic. Moosh will set you up with a telemedicine consultation in which a licensed ESA doctor will examine you and decide on your suitability for treatment with an ESA. Once you have been verified, you will immediately be emailed an emotional support animal letter. It’s a super-simple process!