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November 7, 2019

Thanksgiving Travel Considerations With Your Pup

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If you are traveling for Thanksgiving and bringing your pup, which I highly recommend, you may need a few items to make this travel quicker and easier on both you and your furry best friend! Here are a few things to consider to help have a gobbletastic Thanksgiving!

Travel Gear

Whether you're flying or driving, having a good Crate or carrier is necessary. Airlines require this, and a crate is also a good idea when driving to keep your pet from being an unauthorized copilot. You could also use an Airline Approved Dog Travel Carriers/Bags

A crate can also provide your pet with a safe place when they get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the actual gathering. If your pet is crate trained, they'll enjoy being in a familiar area, especially for sleeping.

For driving trips, a Car Harness or a Car Seat can be helpful for dogs that enjoy being able to see out the window while still keeping them out of the way of your driving. Car harnesses will ensure your pet is safe in the event of an accident.

Both crates and car restraints will keep your pet from escaping when you stop for gas or snacks.

Cleaning tools. Pack cleaning supplies. You never know if your dog is going to experience motion sickness or have another type of accident. Don't forget to bring your waste bags!

Check your collars and leashes. The holidays are a great time to get your pet brand newCollars,Leashes or Harnesses. Not only can you update their look for the season, but it also makes sure that your restraints are in good working order.

We may not have noticed that the clasps or fabric is worn on their leashes and collars. This isn't just aesthetically unappealing - it can be dangerous if your pet suddenly lunges away.

Always make sure your pet's Identification is up to date, especially when traveling.

Comfort Items

Remember to bring your dog's favorite toys, treats, beds and blankets. Having these items will assure your pet that life is still steady even with a change in location.

Pack your pet's usual food. Their brand may not be available where you are traveling to, and gastric issues from a sudden diet change can be a problem for everyone.

If possible, keep your pet's routine as close to normal as possible. This includes feeding, treat times as well as walks.


If you'll be the one traveling to a holiday gathering and have gained permission to bring your pet, count yourself lucky! It's always nice to be able to have your dog along to make the holiday even more memorable (hopefully in a good way). Plus, you'll get to skip having to board your pet, which can make some of us pet owners worry a little. Whether you are driving or flying, we all want to make sure you and your pup have a safe, fun, smooth, and easy trip so you can be stuffing your face with turkey and mashed potatoes as soon as possible!


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