8 Tips for Holiday Traveling With Pets

Taking a trip with your pet this holiday season? While ensuring that pet-friendly travel plans go smoothly can take a bit of extra effort, many of us can't imagine celebrating the holidays without our furry friends. We've gathered eight tips from the Vetstreet archives to help you and your pets have a safe and enjoyable journey.

1. Clear your travel plans with your vet.

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If this is your pet's first trip, make sure he's healthy and in good enough shape to travel. Let your vet know how you'll be traveling (plane, train, automobile) and what your destination will be, especially if it's not just your pet's first trip with you but also your first trip with a pet. In addition to making sure your pet is cleared for takeoff, your vet can offer tips and preventive treatments for issues like parasites and car sickness.

(Not sure whether your pet has car sickness or other travel issues? This is also a good time to consider taking a trial trip, just long enough to make sure your furry friend feels comfortable in the car. This is especially important for cats, who don't generally do quite as much traveling as their canine counterparts.)

2. Driving? Get the right gear, both for the trip and the destination.

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Restraining your pet while you drive is the right thing for your safety and your pet's. Results from a study on dog harness safety in car crash situations was recently released, and you might be surprised about which harnesses were shown to be unsafe. Make sure your harness is the right type and that you're using it correctly.

In addition to a restraint for your pet in the car, make sure you have a way to easily give your pet water on the road and have a soft place for him to crash once you reach your destination.

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