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Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets

Posted November 20th, 2018 by daniel

With the holiday season in full swing, many pet owners find themselves in the quandary of either kenneling their pet, hiring a pet sitter (we like this option!) or traveling with their pets. And while the first two options are often easier because it can be more convenient, many pet owners don’t want to be separated from their furry loved ones – and we completely understand that!

However, traveling with a pet can be a bit of a challenge- especially if it is the first time you have done so – or better yet- the first time your pet has traveled a significant distance with you. If you find yourself in either if these scenarios, then chances are you have a lot of questions about the best approach for you and your favorite furball.

10 Tips for Traveling with a Pet

If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your pet(s) behind over the holidays, don’t panic. These tips can make your holiday travels easier than you expected. So buckle up – it’s nearly go time!

  • If your pet has never been on a long trip before, consider taking several longer rides with them prior to the big event so they can get acclimated to long periods of time in a vehicle. Be sure to put them in their crate so that they can used to it.
  • If flying, visit the airport ahead of time and let them walk around the terminal so they can become accustomed to the smells, sights and sounds.
  • Before actually loading up, plan time to take your pet for a walk. It will help you and your pet expend any excess energy.
  • Be sure to have a crate that is designed for your pet’s size. Then do what you can to make it more comfy and “home-like”. Add blankets, favorite toys and be sure to attach an extra set of ID cards to the outside of the crate to ensure that in the event of an emergency, someone will know about your pet.
  • Keep their feeding schedule light, but consistent as possible, on travel day. However, do try to get them to eat a few hours before your trip rather than minutes before leaving. Also, never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.
  • Be sure your pet is microchipped, or wearing a well-fit color with your home address and contact info on it.
  • Don’t allow your pet to ride with its head hanging out the window This is a perfect way for them to be injured due to road debris.
  • Pack bottled water for your pet, rather than using local water. Drinking water from an area they are not familiar with can cause their stomachs to be upset.
  • Take frequent bathroom breaks – this is helpful for you and your pet. A great choice is to find a pet store! Otherwise, know where along the route your pet can relieve themselves.
  • If not using a pet crate, then be sure to have a pet barrier, a pet seatbelt or pet car seat. This is for everyone’s safety!

Traveling with a pet doesn’t have to e challenging. Implementing these tips will make it significantly easier. If you have any other questions or suggestions, please be sure to give us a call today.

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