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Keeping You and Your Fur-Baby Happy while Traveling

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Ensuring Your Happiness and Your Pet's Well-being During Travel

For pet owners, the holiday season and summer months can be hectic and even overwhelming. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving Eve is the busiest travel day of the year, there is a 23% increase in long-distance travelers between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, and Fridays from June to August rank as the third busiest days for airports annually. Whether you opt to bring your pet along on your travels or leave them at home, it's crucial to keep certain key points in mind and remember some useful tips before you depart.

Planning to bring your pet on the journey?

You’re in good company — over half of Americans travel with their pets! No matter how you plan to travel, it's important to arrange a pre-trip checkup with your vet to confirm your furry companion is current on vaccinations and has any necessary medications on hand.

Whether you're traveling by car or plane, it's essential to ensure you have all the essentials for your pet during and after the journey. We also suggest packing an emergency kit. Travel can be stressful for pets, so avoid changing their diet before departure. Maintaining a regular eating routine can help reduce the chances of an upset stomach.

When flying with your pet, opt for the cabin if possible

If flying with your pet is the only choice, check if they can accompany you in the cabin. Most airlines permit cats or small dogs in the cabin for an extra charge. However, it's crucial to contact the airline well in advance as there are restrictions on the number of animals allowed in the cabin. Ensure your dog meets the size criteria if you are flying with one. If you find the regulations overwhelming, there are companies available to assist you in navigating the process of traveling with a pet.

Planning a road trip?

During holidays, which are the busiest times for travel, they also pose the greatest risks when driving. It is important to ensure that your pet is safely secured in a carrier or crate that allows them to move comfortably. The carrier should be fastened securely to the backseat or floor. Avoid letting your pet ride in the front seat to prevent potential injuries from airbags. While no one wants to think about accidents, it is advisable to check with your insurance provider to confirm if your pet is covered in case of emergencies.

Remember to pack enough food and water for your furry companion for the journey, and make frequent stops for bathroom breaks. Regular breaks provide opportunities for your pet to stretch and recharge. If your pet tends to get anxious while traveling, keep them on a leash during stops to prevent them from wandering off. Additionally, ensure your pet wears a collar tag with updated information in case they get lost or separated.

Are you leaving your pet behind?

When traveling, it can be difficult to part ways with your pet, especially for an extended period. While leaving your pet behind can be stressful, you have the choice of either hiring a pet sitter or boarding your furry friend at a reputable facility.

If you opt for a pet sitter, make sure to have all the necessary supplies prepared at home, clearly outline the sitter's duties beforehand, inform your veterinarian about your absence and the pet sitter's arrangements, and provide emergency contact details in case the sitter needs to reach you.

Alternatively, if you choose to board your pet, select a facility that provides various amenities and a comfortable setting. It's crucial to feel assured that your pet is well taken care of. We recommend visiting the facility in advance to evaluate its cleanliness, supervision protocols, vaccination prerequisites, and healthcare standards.

Planning to go on a trip?

Ensuring the safety, health, and comfort of your pet during travel requires thorough planning and preparation. While it may involve some effort, the end result will be rewarding. Whether you decide to bring your pet with you, leave them at home, or opt for a boarding resort, being aware of the necessary steps for a seamless process will keep them content and give you peace of mind.

Are you in search of a boarding facility?

If you opt to have your pet boarded, reserve a luxurious stay at Downtown Dog Resort and Spa! With a well-trained team, top-notch sanitization and safety protocols, and personalized options, you can rest assured that your pet will have the luxury vacation they deserve. Availability is limited, so make your reservation now before we reach full capacity!

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