December 19, 2014

Traveling With Your Pets; It’s Not Always a Walk in the Park


The festive period is all about getting to see family and friends, even the ones that live far away. It’s a great thing to travel and see the loved ones that you've been missing all year, but what about your furrier loved ones at home?

Pet owners always have to face the difficult task of figuring out what to do with their four-legged best friends when they need to take a few days off for holiday celebrations. My Pawson, and their guidance on dog friendly hotels can help you narrow down the hotels in your area that gladly accept pets, but there can be even more to consider.

Flying

A recent article in USA Today details the perils you should consider when planning to fly anywhere with a pet. Of course many airlines have policies allowing pets to fly on the plane, but it can turn into a complicated issue depending on the breed and size of your particular animal. Humane Associations often advise that puppies and sick animals should not be flying at all. If your pet has reached a certain age and already has health issues, it just might not be worth it to take them to your holiday party far away. Keep their best interest in mind when trying to decide if it’s appropriate for them to fly.

Just like for people, takeoffs and landings can be particularly scary for your pets. When booking flights, make sure to try and book direct, non-stop flights to minimize the number of times your pet will be experiencing this unnerving part of flight and the amount of time you will have to wait in an airport for a connection.

Driving

 Of course many people won’t be taking to the skies with their pets in tow, but rather to the roads. This mode of travel has its own, perhaps worse perils for your comfort. There is much less danger and stress for a dog in a car than being in the luggage hold of a plane, but that doesn't mean they will handle it any better. Don’t assume that your dog will make a good passenger on a long road trip if they've only ever made quick jaunts to the vet. 

The motion and length of a car ride can make pets agitated and nervous. Be prepared to stop when they need to, have snacks and water ready, and try to keep them from distracting you. If you haven’t already, this could be the perfect opportunity to invest in a pet carrier that will keep them safely in the back of the car and out of your way. Even if your pet is uncomfortable, the most important thing is keeping your own eyes on the road.

Alternatives


In your community, there are undoubtedly kenneling services that will put your pets up for you while your away. Be sure and check reviews and try to find someone who has had a positive experience before making a final decision as these businesses can expose your pet to illness and unsanitary conditions. If you’re still not sure about what to do with your pet while your traveling, do a little more research with articles like this one and consult with fellow pet owners to find out the best way to get your whole family safely to your holiday celebrations. 
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