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Six Tips to Prepare Your pet for air Travel

Six Tips to Prepare Your pet for air Travel

While traveling with pets it is important to properly take care of them. They are creatures of routine and when the routine is changed it can be disturbing for them. It’s essential to prepare your pet for the journey, especially if you are planning to travel by air. Some specific practices and precautions should be followed. You do not need to be worried about your pet traveling in a cargo compartment if you have prepared properly. A large number of pets are transported in cargo on a regular basis and if you have fulfilled the required safety measures, there is no need to worry. Here are some key precautions to follow before flying with your pet.

1. Health Certification

Before doing anything else, you have to establish your pet’s health by paying a visit to the veterinarian. Most airlines demand that the health certificate for your pet be issued no more than ten days before flying. Rabies has been a matter of concern in most places so your pet should be healthy. The state authorities are always keen to ensure that your pet has had all required vaccinations. Health clarification is also essential to ensure that your pet is capable of enduring the trip.

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2. Contacting Airline Authorities

Most airlines offer a specific number of seats in their cargo compartment that are reserved for pets. It is essential to contact your airline authority and reserve a space for your pet. You should contact the airline authorities and ask them about their terms and conditions for carrying a pet. It will help in avoiding any frustration at the last minute.

3. Arranging a Pet Carrier

A pet carrier is a must for carrying your pet inside the cabin. The carrier provides sufficient comfort and safety for your pet while traveling. Authorities often provide a dog carry-on bag for airline travel, but you should choose the carrier by keeping the comfort of the pet in mind. It’s a good idea to introduce your pet to the pet carrier at least a week before the flight so that the pet can get used to it.

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4. Preparing the Carrier

Traveling can be tiring for pets as well as people, so it is essential to make pet carriers as comfortable and secure as possible. You can cover the floor of the carrier with a familiar towel or blanket. Your pet should feel a connection to home so that he or she does not get anxious. You can also place toys that are familiar to your pet. These measures should be taken seriously because your pet is not used to being kept in a pet carrier in a cargo compartment.

5. Labeling the Carrier With Important Information

With your pet carrier boarded in the cargo compartment, the labeled information on it will be vital. Usually pet carriers have tags on them that you can fill out with your personal contact information as well as the eating and drinking needs of your pet. Attach the health certificate to the pet carrier. Most importantly, state that there is a live animal inside the carrier.

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6. The Day of Your Flight

It is necessary that the stomach of your pet remain empty during the flight, so feed your pet no closer than four hours before departure. Keep the pet as active as possible to compensate for the many hours he or she will be unable to move much and to lessen anxiety. Ensure that all required measures have been taken. Allow extra time at the airport to compensate for possible long lines and to be sure the airline has enough time to properly board your pet.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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