Traveling during the holidays can increase your stress levels, whether you’re taking flights across the country or booking accommodations a short drive away. Many pets, like cats, will be more comfortable at home or in a boarding situation. But if you’ve decided to bring your pet on a trip, we’ve outlined important tips to keep in mind.
Keep your pet restrained
Putting your pet in a kennel or using a dog seat belt will prevent your pet from roaming around in your car, distracting your driving abilities, and getting loose as you come and go during rest stops. Kennels also give more nervous animals a safe space to feel secure within.
Keep their heads inside
Dogs love hanging their heads out of windows, but this can be dangerous! Not only can debris get in their eyes, but they can also get hit by branches, signs, and other objects you drive close to. Open windows also give them an opportunity to escape.
Make regular stops
Your pets will be most comfortable if you stop regularly and allow them to potty, hydrate, and eat. For more active dogs, this is also a great opportunity to grab your leash and let them stretch their legs.
Don’t leave them alone
A quick pit stop to use the restroom may be doable, but don’t leave your pet alone in your car for long. Both hot and cold temperatures are dangerous for your pet!
Consider the risks
When considering your travel plan, it’s best to look into the risks of flying with your pet. Depending on age, breed, and personality, bringing your pet on a flight may not be the best option. Flights can be especially stressful for animals.
Choose the cabin
If you do have to bring your pet on a flight, choose the cabin when possible. You’ll want to notify your airline and may need to pay a fee, but this is the preferable option. Putting an animal under the plane can put them at risk for oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.
Provide key information
While it’s unlikely that your pet will be lost during travel, you always want to be prepared. Ensure that your pet’s microchip is up to date and that their carrier has key information on it, including your name, address, contact information, and any medication needs your pet has.