If you’re like most people in the Montgomery County, MD area, the holidays mean more than just presents and parties—it means traveling… and a lot of it! So what are you to do if you have furry family members (and we don’t mean Uncle Jeff!). The experts at Germantown Vet have a couple of tips for traveling with pets this holiday season—and although a buckled-up beagle is cute, the picture to the left definitely isn’t a safe mode of transportation for your pup!
Our Pro Tips for Traveling with Pets
Our first tip for traveling with pets is… don’t! That may sound like a real downer, but the fact of the matter is that traveling can be incredibly stressful for pets—especially if you’re traveling by plane. For most pets, it is a lot easier to simply stay behind. Aside from the act of traveling itself, being around new people in a strange location can be overwhelming for even the most dependable of pets.
At Germantown Vet, we have a complete pet resort facility that is an ideal holiday get-away for your cat or dog while you’re away visiting family and friends.
2. Safe Travels.
If you are going to travel with your pets this holiday, make sure they are going to get there safely! If you don’t already have one, invest in a crate or carrier for your pet that is safe for the mode of transportation you are taking. For larger dogs, you’ll need to find a crate that will fit in your car or provide some other safe area for your dog to be during the trip.
If you are going to be flying, make sure you get a plane-safe carrier or crate. See your airline’s website for more details about approved crates or carriers and other regulations.
3. Pit Stops.
Be prepared to make more frequent pit stops for your furry family members. They’re going to need to go more often than you most likely, so you need to be ready to pull off in a grassy area or have a place for your cat to do his or her business. You should also have food and water on hand to give to your pet during these stops.
4. Pack Smart.
Make sure you bring enough food for the entire duration of your trip! Measure out all of the food and then throw in a few extra cups, just in case. You should also bring along their food dishes and any favorite toys to make your pet feel more comfortable while they’re away—you should also give them something to do in the car during the trip.
When you get to your destination, give your pet a chance to run around the new place, sniffing and becoming acclimated. Let him or her feel safe in the environment before overwhelming him or her with a lot of new people. Bring the crate or carrier inside with you and set it up in the room where you’ll be staying to provide a safe space for your pet to retreat to if he or she feels overwhelmed.
Schedule Your Pet Boarding Today
If you’re planning to travel this holiday season, save your pet the stress by calling Germantown Vet. Our kennel facility is the ideal place for your pet to stay while you’re away.