Millions of Americans will travel over the holidays. You may already have your trip set in stone, but what about your furry friends?
“We know that a lot of people want to bring their pet with them because they’re visiting their relatives, and so we do see an increase in the number of pets this time of year,” said Lisa Farbstein, Transportation Security Administration.
Check with the airline to see if pets can travel in a carrier or if you pet has to travel by freight.
Experts suggest feeding your pet at least five hours before a flight in order to avoid an upset stomach.
If you are traveling by train, keep in mind that Amtrak only allows service animals.
And if your pet is riding in the car, make sure it’s not a distraction to the driver.
“Whether it be a harness, whether it be a kennel whether it be a fence that separates them from the other occupants,” said Marc DeCaprio, Fetch! Pet Care.
Make sure you familiarize your pet with its carrier about a week before traveling. Put your pet in the carrier for a few minutes each day, gradually increasing the time.
“So they’re really comfortable and that’s an area they feel comfortable and secure with,” said Janice Cattano, pet owner.
Be sure to bring familiar dishes, blankets and toys for your pet too. And check with your hotel about its pet policy.
“A lot of hotels are pet friendly. Again, it takes planning to make sure you can secure a room,” said DeCaprio.
Experts say it’s also a good idea to get a checkup with your vet before traveling with your pet. It gives people a chance to address and health issues they might have and get any medications your pet needs before a trip.
Make sure your pets vaccinations are also up to date and store your pet’s medical history with your other important documents like passports and tickets.