Tips for Traveling Without Your Pet for the Holidays

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re also the busiest. With gift giving, parties, decorating, and more, it’s easy to forget your travel plans until the day of departure. If you’re on-the-go this holiday season, and are unable to bring your furry companion along, we’re here to help get things in order. This week’s blog post features four tips on how to keep your pets safe while you’re away:

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#1. Make sure they have a caretaker

Whether you plan to take your animal to a “pet hotel” or kennel, have a house-sitter, or have someone stop by periodically through the time you’re gone—your pet is going to need someone checking in on them. No matter your method, your pet’s caretaker needs to be someone you trust, and preferably, someone who has interacted with your animal before. Not only will this keep your mind at ease while traveling, it will also help your pet develop a trust for them too.

#2. Have plenty of food and water available

Make sure your pet is well-equipped with the daily essentials before you leave, a.k.a., their Precise kibble and drinking water. Be sure to visit your local retailer to stock-up on your dry and/or wet kibble and also leave feeding instructions for the caretaker. Communicate how often they are fed during the day, how much they are fed, and how they prefer their food to be served (for those finicky eaters).

Be sure to keep your pet’s food in an easily accessible area for the caretaker’s convenience. Some pet parents even prefer self-feeders while their away to ensure that their pet is always hydrated and satisfied. Though, big eaters probably could benefit from some portion control per the caretaker.

#3. Leave your caretaker with some digits

Meaning yours, and your veterinarians. You’re going to miss your pet while you’re away, so be sure to check in with their caretaker, or their kennel, often. You can relax knowing that your pet is in good hands.

If something were to happen while you’re away, your caretaker will need to know your pet’s veterinarian contact information. Keep this in a central location, by the pet’s food, so everything will be in one place.

#4. Heavy-duty pet proof before leaving

When your pet’s alone, they’re going to take that as an opportunity to entertain themselves…which can get them into all sorts of trouble. Before you leave, make sure that chemicals, plants, small objects, and other hazardous materials are out of your pet’s reach. Check out these tips from the American Humane Society on how to effectively pet proof your home before departure.

While the Precise team recommends taking your pet along for the ride whenever possible, we understand that some places aren’t so accommodating to our beloved furry friends. We hope these tips put your mind at ease while you’re traveling this holiday season!

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Traveling With Pets 101

With the holidays quickly approaching, many pet owners struggle with the pros and cons of taking their cat or dog along on their trip. The thought of traveling with a pet can be intimidating, whether the distance is short or long.

There are a number of factors to consider when prepping your pet – and yourself – for reaching your destination safely. Depending on your choice of transportation, some trips may require more planning than others.

Flying can be stressful when it’s just a single passenger, let alone with a pet in tow. Most airlines have increased not only their traveling fees but their number of restrictions as well. Weight, crate size and even breed restrictions are all commonly found throughout major airlines. During the holiday season as flying increases, some airlines ban pets in cargo all together. Before booking any air travel for your four-legged companion, go over all details with the specific airline carrier you’re flying with to make sure you are comfortable with the options given..

When traveling with your cat or dog, driving to your desired location is often easier than flying. Creating a comfortable environment in the back seat of a car can be done with the help of crates, beds and safety harnesses. For cats, pack a covered litter box if you know your trip will last more than a few hours. For dogs, plan for multiple bathroom breaks, depending on your pup’s size and eating habits. Always pack enough food for the trip, proper I.D tags, leashes, clean water bowls and toys that remind them of home.

No matter what kind of transportation or length of the trip, traveling with your pet is a serious decision. Anxiety is common in both dogs and cats and can become evident when taken out of their homes for a long period of time. Prepare for all possible health issues, whether something small like motion sickness or something much more severe like an accident. Keeping your pets safe allows for more time celebrating the holidays and less time worrying.

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