Tips for Traveling With Your Skinny Pig!

Tips for Traveling With Your Skinny Pig!

Tips for Traveling With Your Skinny Pig!

Taking your skinny pig on a trip can be a daunting experience if you aren’t properly prepared. Whether you're heading to the vet, moving house, or taking a short trip, ensuring your skinny pig's well-being is paramount. 

Here are some top tips to make trips with your piggy as smooth as possible:

Pre-Travel Preparation is Key

Before you hit the road, preparation is crucial. Start by getting your skinny pig accustomed to their travel carrier. Leave the carrier open in their living area with some cozy bedding and treats inside. This way, it becomes a familiar and safe space, reducing stress when travel day arrives. Once your skinny pig is comfortable with their travel carrier you can do a few short car trips around the block to get them used to the sensation of driving, gradually making each trip a bit longer.

Choosing the Right Carrier

Selecting the appropriate carrier is vital for your skinny pig's comfort. It should be spacious enough for them to move around, with ample ventilation to keep the air fresh. Since skinny pigs are sensitive to temperature changes, the carrier should protect them from direct sunlight and drafts. Line the carrier with soft bedding to provide a snug environment. Remember, a comfortable skinny pig is a happy traveler!

Packing Essentials

When packing for your skinny pig, think of all the comforts of home. Include their favorite snacks, a water bottle, Vitamin C treats, and a small hay feeder. Toys can also be a great addition to keep them entertained on longer trips. Don't forget a portable hideaway where they can retreat and feel secure. Preparing a travel kit with these essentials ensures your skinny pig has everything they need for a comfortable journey.

If you are going to be away for longer than a week, don’t forget your RenewedPet essentials. You’ll need your piggy’s shampoo, conditioner, ear cleaner, nail cleaner, and nail clippers - there is nothing quite like a spa day (and your piggy is on holiday after all!)

An essential for any road trip is some RenewedPet healing salve - accidents can happen anywhere, but are more likely in unfamiliar surroundings.

If there is going to be any kind of outdoor play or time in the sun, you should also take some pet-safe sunscreen to protect your skinny pig's delicate skin.

Maintaining Routine and Comfort

Keeping your skinny pig's routine as normal as possible during travel helps minimize stress. Try to feed them at their usual times and make an extra effort to let them know you are nearby. Speaking to them in a calm and soothing voice can reassure them that everything is okay.

Temperature Control

Skinny pigs are particularly sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Always aim to maintain a comfortable environment in the vehicle, avoiding extreme heat or cold. Using sunshades on windows can protect them from direct sunlight, and a blanket can provide extra warmth if needed. Monitoring the temperature regularly will ensure your skinny pig remains comfortable throughout the journey.

Handling Travel Anxiety

Some skinny pigs may naturally be more anxious about traveling than others. Creating a quiet and calm environment can also help soothe their nerves. If travel anxiety is severe, consult with your veterinarian about the best approach for your skinny pig - they may give you the go-ahead to use a calming supplement like Rescue Remedy.

Safety First

Always prioritize your skinny pig's safety. Never leave them unattended in a vehicle, especially on hot or cold days. Ensure the carrier is securely fastened in the car to prevent it from shifting or tipping. In case of an emergency, have your vet's contact information handy and know the location of the nearest animal hospital along your route.

Remember, traveling with your skinny pig can be a wonderful bonding experience. With the right preparation and care, you can ensure that both you and your pet enjoy the journey. 

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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