The holidays are here again, and I'm sure you have some pretty big plans with your family ahead. By family, of course that includes your beloved dog or cat! We're guessing that you're one of the estimated millions of American who will travel miles across the country for the holidays.We at Rosy and Rocky want to make travelling with your pet a little less burdensome and a lot more fun, so we’ve put together a couple of tips that will make your trip with your furry pet a blast.
Have your pet’s travel kit ready.
Waste bags, meds, cleaning supplies, toys—don’t miss all these when you bring your pet along for your trip. This is the perfect time to stock up on your pet supplies. And to save you the hassle of driving to the pet store, the best option is to visit your friendly online pet supply store for what your pet needs.
Train your dog for the long drive.
If your pet only takes a ride in your car whenever you take a trip your vet, it might not be a great idea to go on a long trip. Train your pet for long rides by taking them on short trips days before your travel. This way, your pet will associate car trips with you as an opportunity to bond together.
Look for pet friendly hotels around the area.
If you’re staying in a hotel or a resort, check their website to find out if your pet is welcome. If you can’t find the pertinent information, you might want to contact them beforehand to know if you can bring your pet, if you have to pay any fees, and if your dog can be left in the room alone.
You’d be surprised at the number of pet-friendly hotels that offer special personalized treats, a menu just for your pets, and a walking service! Don’t you just love it when hotels treat your pet as kindly as you do?
Take your pet to the vet for a check-up.
Don’t be in such a rush to travel just yet! Drive by your vet to make sure your cat or dog is in perfect condition to travel. Update him on his shots, and request a health certificate (in case the establishment you’re visiting requests for one).
Make your pet look travel-ready
I’m sure you’ve packed all your best clothes for the trip, so why shouldn’t your pet look just as fashionable? This is a great opportunity to buy pet grooming supplies online and give your pet a chic look that will turn heads around as you travel.
Buckle your pet up nice and tight.
If you’ve driven your car during the holidays in the past years, then you know what lies ahead: a lot of cars and heavy traffic. And with your pet in the car, you’ll have to be extra careful when driving. Dogs and cats are extra sensitive to sound, so you wouldn’t want to honk your horn too much!
If you’re bringing your dog, we recommend securing your pet with a crate of seat-belt harness. On the other hand, cats should be placed in a carrier. Take note that cats can slip out an open window or door far more easily than dogs can.
Your trip may be weeks away from now, but the more you prepare early, the more you can look forward to your trip. Traveling with your pet for the holiday is a great idea—just make sure you follow these tips. ENJOY!