7 December 2015

Holiday Travel Tips for Dog Owners

If you plan on traveling with your pet during the holiday season you need to take a few extra precautions before you hit the road. Use these holiday travel tips for dog owners to keep Fido safe and sound while traveling this year.

Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. You don’t want to risk your dog’s health during your travels, so a pre-journey vet check is always a good idea.

Make sure your dog’s contact information is current. If your pet is microchipped, make sure the company that has your information has the most current info. If your pet wears a collar, make sure the tags are all intact and easy to read. Keep a current photo of your pet on your phone in case he gets lost.

In cars, dogs are safest in a carrier or harnessed in the seat. Never carry your dog on your lap while you drive or your pet could get injured if you come to a sudden stop. Remember to make plenty of potty stops along the way and let your dog stretch his legs occasionally.

If you’ll be flying, verify that your dog can actually travel with you. Find out if you need a health certificate (that vet check will come in handy!) and ask if your dog will be able to travel on board the plane or in the cargo space. Regardless of where he travels, don’t feed your dog for 5-6 hours before the flight to help avoid any accidents during the journey. And expect to pay a fee for travelling with your dog. If airlines aren’t going to allow you an extra carry-on bag for free, don’t expect them not to charge for your pooch’s passage.

Make sure your destination is pet-friendly. There’s nothing worse than finding out that your furry friend isn’t welcome when you go to check-in at your hotel. Fortunately, many places are beginning to allow your dog to travel with you, but plan ahead and check before you go.

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