Holiday Traveling - With and Without Your Pet

Holiday Plans

It’s that time of year again! Now that fall is here, we know you probably have some fun holiday plans made. To make your time away as stress-free as possible, a better understanding of your pet boarding options while you’re away is in order.

Your Pets Know

It may seem as though pets have a sixth sense when it comes to travel -- especially when they’re not invited! Kitty may cozy up to you the second suitcases are packed, or your dog may start looking depressed during the pre-vacation hustle and bustle. 

Ask Questions

No vacation is complete without an itinerary. Ask the caregivers at the kennel what a day in the life looks like. Will they take your dog for walks or leave them in a run where they can exercise solo? Will your pup play with others or be kept alone? Questions like these will give you an idea of what Fido will be up to while you’re gone, and you can gauge whether this level of activity is stimulating enough (or too stimulating) for them.

If you have a dog that needs extra care, like a senior dog or a dog with special needs, you might want to look into a kennel that caters exclusively to those types of dogs. A kennel with lots of young dogs might be distressing to your senior or a dog with disabilities, so make sure your pup will be properly taken care of wherever they go.

Lets Hit The Road Together

If you have decided it's best to bring your pet along, low-stress and planning ahead will make your trip very restful.

Dogs shouldn't roam in the car

The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seat belt or other secure means. Dog restraints or seat belts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming around the car and being a distraction to the driver, but they haven't been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash.

Leave the Front Seat for Humans

Keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet.

Keep those heads inside!

Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs.

Give your pet plenty of rest stops

Stop frequently to allow your dog to exercise and eliminate. But never permit your canine to leave the car without a collar, ID tag and leash.

Cats belong in carriers

Most cats aren't comfortable traveling in cars, so for their safety as well as yours, keep them in a carrier. It's important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don't bounce around and hurt your cat. Do this by securing a seat belt around the front of the carrier.

 Flying with Your Pet

If transporting your pet by air is the only option, find out whether they can travel in the cabin with you. Most airlines will allow you to take a cat or small dog in the cabin for an additional fee. But you must call the airline well in advance; there are limits to the number of animals allowed in the cabin. If you are transporting your dog, make sure they meet the size requirements.

Holiday planning includes your loving furry friend. Plan a few weeks ahead of time to prevent at the last moment situations from occuring.