traveling with petHo, Ho, Ho! Before you load up the sled, here’s a list you’ll want to check twice when it’s time to travel with your pet.
1. Southern Hospitality to Go: When you’re visiting family or friends, make sure your host is aware that your pet’s coming and is okay with it. Even those with their own pets may not welcome an additional cat or dog. Start the conversation and be open. Some things are best left unsaid, but this isn’t one of them.
2. Have Crate: Will Travel. A pet’s carrier provides a comfortable, safe environment for your pet to travel. Think of it as a home away from home.
3. A Few of My Favorite Things. A leash, special food, daily meds, a small first aid kit and a favorite toy can help your pet handle the differences that travel brings whether by plane or by car.
4. Avoiding a Blue Christmas. AdaptilTM, available at Town N Country, is an anti-anxiety medication that can help nervous, furry travelers. AdaptilTM collars and diffusers encourage diffusion of pheromones, hormones released by lactating mammals to comfort and soothe.
5. Where’s Waldo or Nemo or Fido. Should your dog or cat wander, your pet’s microchip can help ensure a safe return. If your pet isn’t chipped, give Town N Country a call.
6. Drink up! Sensitive stomachs sometimes need a little extra kindness on the road. Offering only bottled water rather than tap water can help settle stomachs.
7. Oh Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding. Give your pet a light meal three to four hours prior to your departure. Never feed your pet in a moving vehicle, and once you’re there, be careful that no one else slips your pet rich foods that aren’t healthy.
8. For the Record. Bring along a copy of your pet’s vaccination records. While you hope to never need them, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Contact Town N Country to be sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and she’s ready to travel. Or if your next holiday trip isn’t pet friendly, give us a call to set up an appointment for boarding while you’re gone.