Many pet owners will be traveling during this holiday season. Whether you are bringing your pets along for the ride, or leaving them behind, be sure to consider the following when it comes to holiday travel with your pet.

OnTheGoIf your pet is staying home…

  • Be sure to leave your pet sitter with your contact information as well as instructions on what to do in case of an emergency when you cannot be reached.
  • If you are having guests at your house, provide your pet a quiet place to retreat from the commotion.
  • Make certain that all pets are wearing a collar with tags and that all microchip information is current. You never know when a door might accidently be left open by preoccupied guests.

 

If you are boarding your pet…

  • Don’t forget to make reservations well in advance. Most boarding facilities fill up quickly this time of year.
  • Be sure to bring copies of your pet’s current vaccinations (most kennels will require this).
  • Bring enough of your pet’s food and medications to last the entire stay. Don’t forget to tell the staff about any special needs that it may have. If the kennel allows, your pet may appreciate having a blanket or toy that smells like home.

If you will be traveling by car…

  • Bring your pet its own travel bag packed with its food, water, and bowls. Don’t forget any medications your pet may need and a small first aid kit.
  • Pack a copy of your pet’s medical records, including vaccination history, just in case you have any troubles during your trip. Find a few veterinarians in the area to which you will be travelling and carry their phone numbers with you in case of emergency.
  • If your pet is prone to carsickness or nervous during travel, contact your veterinarian prior to your trip. He or she may be able to prescribe medications that can help.
  • Make certain that all pets are wearing a collar with tags and that all microchip information is current.

If you are flying…

  • Be sure to check with your airline and destination for any special requirements.  Most airlines and states will require that your pet be examined by a USDA certified veterinarian and issued a health certificate.
  • Discuss any concerns you might have about your pet’s flight with your veterinarian.
  • Be sure your pet is used to its carrier well before your trip in order to minimize stress.
  • Make certain that all pets are wearing a collar with tags and that all microchip information is current.

We wish you a happy holiday season and safe travels!