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Tips For Pet Owners Traveling By Car This Holiday Season

Dec 1, 2007
The holiday season is quickly approaching; Thanksgiving is gone, and Christmas is right on its heels. For many families, the holiday season means travel. People sometimes have a difficult time trying to find someone to watch their pet; maybe all of their friends and neighbors will be out of town as well, and they don't want to take their pup to the kennel...it is a nerve-wracking experience, and most people don't want to subject their precious pet to other dog's diseases and illnesses. So, why not take your pup with you? That way, you will be able to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet this holiday season. Also, your pet is a member of the family; why would leave them behind?

If you decide to travel by car, there are a few things you will want to consider before you leave. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you and your pet a safe, easy, and fun traveling experience.

First, for your pet's ultimate safety, you will want to consider purchasing a crate or pet carrier if you do not own one already. Many top-of-the-line pet carriers come with loops for a seat belt to easily attach, thus allowing your pet to be securely fastened in their carrier on the car seat. Make sure you bring a crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. You don't want your pet to get claustrophobic and start barking; on a car trip, you want your pet to be as comfortable as possible.

Next, make sure you feed your pet a light meal 3 to 4 hours prior to embarking on your road trip. This will give your pet sufficient time to digest the food, yet they will not have an empty stomach. Also, try to keep your pet's normal feeding schedule if possible. However, do not feed your pet while in the car...it is very likely you will have to clean up you pet's carsick mess. It is also best to bring your own water in plastic bottles or gallon jugs. Sometimes water from a different area can upset your pet's stomach because they are not used to the water.

There are several pet items you should be sure to bring: travel papers (some states require authentication of vaccination prior to entering the state's border), food (enough for the duration of your entire trip and then some), water, bowl (s), leash, plastic bags, waste scooper, doggie toys and treats, and any medications and grooming supplies you will need. It also a good idea to bring along a pet first aid kit; it is always better to be on the safe side, especially when traveling. Make sure your pet has I.D. tags that are current and easily readable. You will want to put your pet's name, address, and a phone number on the tag as well.

Though the holidays are a busy time, it is well worth taking your pet with you as part of the family. As long as you plan ahead and are prepared, you should be fine as you travel with your best friend. Enjoy your holiday vacation!
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