As we get closer to the holiday season, there may be more traveling for you and your pets. If you are planning to travel during the holidays, here are a few tips to make it easier for you and for your furry friends.
Bring Out the Carriers
Does your pet run and hide when they see you bring out the carrier? If so, try to desensitize them by putting the carrier out about a week before you need it. Simply leave it out and open so that your pet can smell it and even sit in it if they want to. By the time you are ready to use it, they will not be running from it, which will make the experience better for both of you.
Avoid Car Sickness
Does your pet suffer from light car sickness? You can help alleviate this problem with a few distractions for the ride. From giving them their favorite toys to letting them have some treats, getting their mind off the car ride can help. If this doesn’t work, a little fresh air may do the trick.
Pack for Your Pet
If you’re traveling longer distances, you may want to consider packing food, water and treats for your pet. Don’t forget to bring with you containers for the food and water as well. In addition, you will want to make sure you have a leash and waste bags to clean up after your pet when you stop for potty breaks.
Protection is Key
From protecting your vehicle to protecting your pet, there are simple things you can do to make the trip easier for everyone. If you are traveling with a larger animal, it may be good to purchase a car hammock. This can drape over your back seat and act as a barrier between your pets and your interior. If your pet is smaller, it is wise to purchase a travel booster seat. This will secure your pets and keep them safe while driving.
Identify Your Pet
When traveling with your most precious cargo, it is important to make sure you have him or her clearly identified. For air travel, make sure your pet’s crate is clearly marked. In addition, having identification tags on your pet is good. Before traveling, stop by the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and get your pet microchipped as well. This will help identify your pet if they get loose or lost during your time away from home.
Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 112 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.