Holiday travel can be tough. From weather delays and security lines to hours of traffic on the interstate, getting to your family is a battle. If you’re one of the lucky ones who’s four-legged friend makes the trek with you, here are some tips to make traveling with your pet easier.
- Make sure your pet is up to date on any vaccines and current on flea and tick medicine.
- Visit with your veterinarian and ask about calming supplements, like Zylkene®, to help your pet cope with the stress of travel.
Traveling by plane:
- Flying is best for cats and small dogs that can fit under the seat in front of you. Larger dogs must be stowed in the cargo hold during the flight – this can be frightening for your pet and it come with risks.
- Each airline will have their own pet requirements – research these before booking your flight. If possible, book a direct flight.
- Visit your veterinarian and obtain a health certificate date within 10 days of your trip.
Traveling by car:
- While you might love cruising down the open road, some pets may experience car sickness. Talk to your veterinarian about solutions to car sickness.
- First time driving with your pet? Get your pet acclimated to the car with smaller trips in the weeks leading up to your big drive.
- Small dogs and cats should be kept in a carrier in the back seat. If your pet doesn’t like traveling via carrier, make sure they are secured in the back seat with a seatbelt harness.
- Pack a bag for your pet! Make sure to bring food, water, a favorite toy, poop bags, a blanket or pillow and any medication. On road trip day, give your pet a small meal 3-4 hours before departure.
- Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks.
- Don’t leave your pet alone in a closed car.
There are a lot of new and unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells when you travel. If your pet does not cope well with changes to their environment, it may be best to leave them at a boarding facility or with a pet sitter