The time has come to solidify holiday travel plans, and if you’re a pet owner, this inevitably includes planning for pets as well. Whether you’re bringing Fido along on a multi-state drive or you’re considering boarding your furry friend while you’re away, our tips for winter pet travel will help you prepare for anything.
Winter Pet Travel Essentials
A trip away from home can be a great change of scenery for you and your furry friend, just make sure to plan ahead and take the necessary precautions for safe winter pet travel:
- Water – Hydration is important during any type of travel. Bring plenty of water and a bowl, and plan to stop frequently for water breaks. If your pet is flying, provide them with frozen water; it will melt slowly during the trip instead of spilling during transport.
- Paw protection – Winter travel conditions can do a number on your pet’s paw pads. Keep a towel or baby wipes handy to thoroughly clean mud, salt, and deicing chemicals from the paws after potty breaks or walks.
- ID – Your pet should always be wearing their collar with current ID tags during any type of travel. If you have not yet microchipped your pet, consider doing so before your trip. In case you become separated, bring along a copy of your pet’s vaccination records, as well as a photo for easy identification.
- Warmth – Your pet will feel more at ease with their own blanket or bedding from home. Pack a few extra blankets for added warmth.
Even if your pet is only in the car with you occasionally, it’s good to have backup supplies on hand in case the winter weather takes a turn for the worse while you’re on the road. Throw some extra water, kibble, blankets, and a pet first aid kit into a bag or box and stash it in your car in case of emergency.
Secrets to Successful Boarding
Winter pet travel isn’t always ideal, and in many cases, pets are better off in the safety and security of a top notch boarding facility. If you plan on boarding your pet, make your reservations as soon as possible; quality boarding kennels fill up quickly.
You can help ensure a positive boarding experience for your pet with the following tips:
- Ask to tour the facility first, paying attention to cleanliness, staff interaction, and overall conditions.
- Make sure your pet is current on vaccinations and parasite preventives.
- Pack your pet’s favorite bedding, toys, and other comforts from home.
- If possible, make sure your pet eats their regular food while at the kennel to reduce the chances of digestive upset.
The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants the holiday season to go as smoothly as possible for you and your pet! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns or to set up a winter wellness appointment for your pet.