Holiday Travel: Should Pets Come Along?
Posted December 13, 2017
you be traveling this holiday season? If so, will you bring your
dog or cat with you? Some pets love traveling with their owners,
but others should be left at home with a trusted caregiver that
will take good care of your pet. You may also consider taking your
pet to a highly recommended boarding facility. How can you decide
the best option for your dog or cat?
If you have a cat, Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant
professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, said most cats are best left at home with a
“This allows the cat to stay in its own environment,” Eckman
said. “If a pet sitter is not an option, then a boarding facility
with a separate cat area is a good idea.”
If you have a dog, they can also be housed in a boarding
facility. Boarding facilities house a large number of kennels for
dogs and cats to stay in. The kennels are various sizes and some
may even have outdoor access. However, if you choose to board your
pet, be sure that the boarding facility is clean and your pets are
up-to-date on all required vaccinations. Vaccines can help protect
your pet from common viruses found in boarding facilities.
You should also ask yourself: “How often are the pets fed? Does
the staff seem knowledgeable and caring? Are veterinary services
available? Will my pet be comfortable in the kennels provided? Will
my pet get adequate exercise?” Eckman said.
In addition, be sure to tour the facility before you decide to
use their services. This will help in deciding the best boarding
kennel for your pet.
If a pet sitter or boarding facility isn’t your pet’s style,
perhaps they would rather be with you. Taking your pet for a road
trip is certainly an option; just be sure to secure your pet in a
kennel and give your pet a bathroom break every two hours.
If your pet will be traveling on an airplane, bus, or train,
please make sure to call ahead to make arrangements for their
travel. You may need to pay additional costs to travel with your
pet and provide up-to-date shot records.
As a guest at another person’s house, be sure to let your host
know that you’re bringing a furry friend. Keep in mind that your
pet will be in a different environment with new people, smells, and
potentially other pets, so keep a watchful eye on them. If other
pets are in the house, consider providing a safe space for your pet
where they can be alone.
With the holidays just around the corner, be sure to make
arrangements for your pets if you plan on traveling. Knowing your
pets are happy and safe during the holidays is the best gift of
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