Keeping Your Pet Happy and Healthy During the Holidays

It is that time of the year again. The leaves have fallen, as have the outdoor temperatures, and we’re moving on from pumpkin spice to peppermint and cinnamon, and all things nice. But in your holiday planning, have you thought about your pet and how to keep them happy and healthy over the holidays?

Traveling over the holidays can be something that is really stressful. From planes, trains, and automobiles, having your pet there can be a comfort, but it doesn’t mean that the journey is going to be stress-free. Plus, around the holiday season, everywhere is busier. There may be more traffic out on the road, busier airports, and packed trains. You could opt to travel without your pet, but either way, you need to be prepared. So here are some of the tips that can help you to be prepared, and ready to take your pet on a trip.

Check airline restrictions

There are some breeds of pets or animals that can’t travel by air, or that have restrictions to them traveling by air. A lot of these breeds will be things like short-nosed breed of dog, like Pugs, or American Bulldogs. But before you book a ticket with an airline, then you need to make sure that your airline allows your pet, and what the circumstances around it are. Will they be classed as a carry-on, or will they have to go underneath in the plane? Then you can make plans accordingly.

What to Bring

There will be some things that you need to bring with you when you travel, especially on a plane, as again, there are certain restrictions. Here are some examples of what you need to bring:

  • Details of vaccinations that your pet has had, and documentation for each destination you are flying to (if you are flying internationally) is really important to have with you
  • Doing a bit of research ahead of time, to make sure that you know where the local vets are if you need an emergency appointment. It is a good idea to check or look into pet insurance at the same time.
  • Any pet’s license and things like ID tags
  • Bring along toys that they like, to help them have a comforting sense of home.
  • Some comfort for your pet is a must, especially on a long journey. So choose a blanket or a comfortable bed for your pet. 
  • For a dog, normal things like a leash is a must
  • You’ll want snacks and treats on a long journey, and so will your pet

Leaving a Pet at Home

If you decide that it is going to be best to leave your pet at home, then there are still plans to put in place. It will give you some peace of mind. You could put your dog in a kennel, for example, as well as hiring a pet sitter, and even a dog walker, to keep them active when you’re away. Of course, a pet could go to someone else’s home, but it is worth checking ahead of time, because many people do go away for the holidays.