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Travel With Your Pets

Published on November 15th, 2017

The holidays are quickly approaching, and if you are traveling for any or all of them, start thinking about what you are going to do with your pets. There are quite a few factors to take into consideration, including time gone, your pet’s nature, and type of travel when deciding what your pet travel plans will be. Sometimes, it is smart to just hire a pet sitter, though it is important to find one early since it will be during the holidays. Other times, such as when it is only for a day or two and you have a cat, you can leave them home alone with enough food and water. However, many choose to bring their pets with them, particularly if it is a longer trip with a dog. Assuming that this is the path you choose, it is important to know the best way to ensure their travel is safe and comfortable for the both of you!

In A Car

This is the most common way to travel when you have a pet with you. There aren’t extra fees involved, and your pet is going to be the most comfortable. To keep your pet safe in the car, do not let them roam in the car; there are seatbelts and restraints for dogs and carriers for cats. Always keep them in the backseat, and avoid letting them stick their head out the window, even if your dog loves it! Plan on making lots of rest stops so your pet can go to the bathroom and stretch their legs, always with their collar, ID tag, and leash on. You also know how your pet is in a car; some love it, and others hate it. If your pet really hates being in a car, maybe consider a different form of travel, or find a sitter for the duration of your trip.

On A Plane

Despite how terrible airports can be over the holidays, it is necessary sometimes. If you are bringing your pet, remember to discuss with your vet the best course of action. Some animals are not suited for air travel, and for certain breeds, it can actually be dangerous. If you do have to fly with your pet, see if they can travel in the cabin with you; usually, if you call well in advance, and they meet the size requirements, this is a possibility. Other tips include booking direct flights, clip your pet’s nails, have a travel label on their carrier, prepare your pet for the size of their carrier a month in advance, and always discuss with the airline how they take care of your pet.

The holidays are a wonderful time to be around family, and you likely want to have your pet around with you. Whether driving or flying, take safety precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy; however, if they do not do well with travel, consider getting a sitter instead. Contact Portage Park for more tips before the holidays!

 

Courtesy of: Humane Society

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