Traveling with your pet this holiday season?
Packing a separate bag will make it easier to find the pet item you need quickly.
To speed meal prep and medication administration, package individual, pre-measured portions into plastic containers. Easier to track, this allows others to assist you and eliminates the danger of over/under feeding or giving wrong medication. Label containers with date/time and pet's name added to making this error proof. NOTE: we use these strategies whether our pets are accompanying us or vacationing at their kennel.
Speaking of eating, it is important to watch what your pet is eating and drinking. In particular, pay attention to anything snitched from an unwary, just-the-right-height child or offered by an enamored relative/friend. No one else will be calculating the cumulative impact that their treat offering will have on your pet's tummy. That responsibility and cleaning up the mess that could result is on you.
Exercise and rest should reflect your pet's normal routine as closely as possible. Both will help ensure that your pet is happy and able to socialize safely. A tired and/or bored pet can become a cranky, possibly dangerous pet. Bonus: get some exercise and rest with your pet. It will have a similar positive impact on your attitude and socialization.
Other hazards your pet may encounter include: overly loving (grabby) kids, other animals both friendly and not, toxic plants and foods, and stray, bite-sized toys. If your pet is used to being on leash, looping an end through your belt loop is a great way to keep them close by and easy to monitor while freeing your hands and much of your attention for celebrating with friends and family.
Do your best to provide the comforts of home as you are able, then relax and enjoy the holiday season. Pets are remarkably resilient and forgiving. They will take their emotional cues from you. So relax and have a fabulous holiday!
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