With the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years around the corner, many of you will be packing your bags for the holidays. Don’t forget to pack for your four-legged family members so they can be included in your holiday celebrations with your friends and family.

To help make your adventure by car or plane as safe, enjoyable and successful consider the following:

  1. Some pets while riding in the car can become nauseated and vomit. The are several medications to help keep the queasy stomach in check and prevent vomiting. Give us a call ahead of time to see how we can help.
  2. Make sure your pet has an ID tag on her/his collar with your phone number or the phone number of where the chip number is registered. Some pet companies will embroider your phone number into nylon mesh collars.
  3. Make sure your pet is welcome at your destination, whether it’s a hotel, resort, or the home of a friend or family. If your pet is used to a crate, bring it with you. Your pet may be happier, more comfortable, and feel safer in his own crate with all the new people and strange noises. Being in the crate, when your are preoccupied and cannot watch him, will prevent him from having an accident in the house, chewing up grandmother’s prized antiques or sampling the holiday dinner and trimmings.
  4. When traveling you need pit stops to stretch your legs and use the restroom, so does your pet. Schedule into your travel to include places and break times for you and your pet every 2-4 hours. (Please pick up after your Pet)
  5. Your pet will need a travel bag packed for her/him:A. Make sure you have your pet’s medication. Trying to contact your veterinarian on a holiday to phone in forgotten medications, to a closed pharmacy can be frustrating and spoil the holiday for everyone.

    B. Your pet need his regular food in addition to his food and water bowls, toys, bedding and collar and leash.

  6. If you are traveling out of state by car or flying to your destination, travel documentation may be needed. Call us 21 to 14 days before departure so we can get you the appropriate papers.
  7. If you are traveling out of the continental United States, travel documentation is needed and should be started 30 to 120 days prior to departure. Call the office as soon as possible to make the arrangements.
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