Have you ever experienced the frustration of trying to convince your pet to hop into the car, or tried (to no avail) to calm their crying when they’re stuck in a crate on a long, bumpy ride? It’s true that traveling great distances can put a lot of stress on our beloved pets, but when we visit our families for the holidays, we all want to bring them with us. After all, our little furry friends are part of the family.
TriBridge has a variety of pet-friendly communities and understands that many of you plan to travel with your pets over the holidays. Whether going by trains, planes, or automobiles, traveling with a pet can be quite an adventure. Luckily, there are many ways to make the trip virtually painless for your pet.
Making your pet as comfortable and safe as possible is key. Below are some tips to consider before you head out on your holiday travels with your pet:
- Ask your veterinarian about medication to calm your pet and make them more comfortable for long rides.
- Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date to make sure they’re healthy during the trip.
- Let your pet become accustomed to their carrier or crate before the trip.
- Get your pet used to traveling in a car with short rides. For cats, allow them to get comfortable riding while inside their carrier. Keep the radio volume low and make sure the car stays cool. Never leave your pet in the car alone!
- Bring plenty of food and water if you’re traveling long distances.
- Bring leashes and collars with ID tags. Today, it’s very common to have a microchip implanted in your dog or cat. If your pet has been microchipped, be sure to have that information with you as well.
- Some hotels may have restrictions on the size and kinds of pets allowed on the premises. Make sure to check the area for pet-friendly hotels if you plan on staying at one.
- If you’re traveling by plane, bring a soft carrier for your cat. Soft carriers can be considered carry-on luggage by some airlines. However, some airlines may not allow pets. Therefore, you’ll need to make sure your airline provides safe handling for pets.
If you have any other tips for traveling with a pet this holiday season, please share with your neighbors in the comments section below. If you own a pet and are looking for a place to call home, check out the many communities that TriBridge has throughout the South. We have a variety of communities that are ready to welcome you and your pet!