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To Grandmother’s House We Go

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To Grandmother’s House We Go

It’s the busiest time of the year! With all the hustle and bustle, we often forget to take into consideration our pets accommodations until the last minute. Remembering this time of year can also be stressful for those furry family members, it’s always important to have your pet's plans prepared in advance. To ensure your pets also get to enjoy the Holidays - read these helpful tips before heading out the door!

Do They Like Fluffy as Much as You?
Whether you’re staying with family or you’ll be booking a hotel, calling ahead of time to be sure your pet is allowed is a must. Your host’s rules and guest allergies are just a few things to consider when deciding where to stay. Pet-friendly hotels will also have a pet policy which often comes with an increased cost of staying.

Rest & Relaxation
Traveling by car for the holidays? It may seem like your pet is normally not bothered by car rides, but when the commute grows longer they can tend to become anxious and uncomfortable. Keeping your pet entertained and taking extra stops can alleviate some of these issues. If your pet is known to have travel anxiety or carsickness, there are many pet calming aids that can be purchased but be sure to consult with your veterinarian beforehand.   

When packing for yourself, don’t forget to also pack your pet’s bag. The obvious food and water are necessities but other items to bring along you may not think about include - Snacks for the commute, toys, blanket that smells like home, medications, and waste baggies.

Lost or Found
When pets are in unfamiliar places it’s possible they escape where they’re staying and end up being lost and confused how to get back. While an emergency or a lost pet might be the furthest thought from your mind, being prepared is the first step. Items such as having your pet microchipped or wearing a collar with an identification tag and bringing along a copy of health records can help to ensure your pet returns home with you from your stay.

There’s No Place Like Home
With the added stress of a pet not being in their usual environment, it can be helpful to try to stick to their home routines as much as possible and provide familiar objects to make them feel a sense of normality. Whether you’re staying one night or a week, making this their home away from home will help to prevent traveling disasters.

These are just a few tips, do you have other ideas or travel tips that you practice with your pets? Have a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to you and all of your furry family members! 

Courtney Gellhaus

Courtney Gellhaus


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