It’s winter and if you’ll be visiting relatives or family in a cooler climate and taking your pets with you, be sure to consider the following pet travel tips for winter.
4 Winter Pet Travel Tips
1. Plan for the Weather
If you and your pet are going to be in a cooler climate than Orange County, then be prepared. Your dog or cat won’t be used to the chilly weather. Pack a sweater or coat for your pet, but do not leave them unattended while wearing it, as they can present choking hazards and other dangers to your pet.
2. Fly Cozy
If you’ll be flying, research the type of pet travel crate you need and start crate-training your pet right away. You don’t want your dog or cat to be afraid while flying. Additionally, be sure to include a cushion, plenty of puppy pads in the bottom of the crate, and a warm blanket. If your pet does need to fly in a crate, it might also be a good idea to talk to our veterinarian about a sedative to reduce your pet’s travel-related stress.
3. Be Prepared for Emergencies
If traveling in a car, be sure to pack plenty of provisions for your pet. This includes warm clothing and/or blankets (just in case), plenty of water, food, pet medications, a leash and harness, a pet first aid kit, and travel pet bowls.
4. Wash and Dry Paws
If your destination has snowy and icy sidewalks, then it probably also has lots of salt and de-icers. These chemicals are harmful and toxic for pets. They can stick to your pet’s paws when they go outside for a walk, and then pets can accidentally ingest them when they lick their paws. Be sure to wash and dry their paws thoroughly whenever you come inside from the outdoors.
Schedule a Pre-Travel Checkup With Your Trusted Veterinarian
If you have an upcoming trip with your pet planned, we strongly encourage you to schedule a pre-travel checkup with our veterinarians at Animal Wellness Center. We’ll ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel, provide you with any of the travel certificates or vaccination records you might need, and help you determine if your pet should have any additional vaccinations or get a microchip before departure.
To learn more or schedule a veterinary appointment at your doorstep, please contact us today.