Top Tips for Traveling with Your Dog During the Holidays

Traveling with your pets over the holidays can sometimes be a challenge and boarding is usually the best solution for keeping your pet safe during the holidays. However, if you have family that wants to spend the holidays with your pets, you will have to figure out travel arrangements. Here are some tips to help make the trip more enjoyable for you and your pet :

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Schedule a Veterinary Check-Up:  If you are planning a prolonged trip, ensure that all your dog’s vaccinations are current. Also, if relevant, verify that you have accurate copies of your pet’s required health certifications. Your veterinarian will also be able to tell you if your dog is in a healthy enough condition for travel.

Pack Properly:  In the chaos of packing, it is easy to overlook what your dog may enjoy or require. Check that you have included your pet’s medication and food, its favorite blanket, bed, leash, and toy. Familiar objects will provide your dog with some comfort during the trip.

Get Exercise:  Take your dog for a long walk before you leave on a trip, as the exercise helps them to get rid of excess energy that may otherwise be released during travel. Your pet will also react to your mood. If you are composed throughout your traveling, your pet will likely be calm, too.

Crate with Care:  Whether traveling by plane, train, or car,  securing your dog in a suitable crate  provides more safety for your pet. If you have not used a crate before, introduce it to your dog in familiar and unfamiliar places so your pet becomes comfortable with being created in different locations prior to your travels.

Stay Hydrated:  Do not provide your dog with a big meal before your trip, or allow them to drink a great deal of water. Bring along enough water to simply keep them hydrated. If you’re driving, ice chips are also good way to keep your dog occupied.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers a wide range of wellness options to help prepare your dog for travel as well as boarding, the ultimate way to simplify your holiday travels. Call Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 for more information.

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