Pet Safety Travel Tips for the Holidays

November 11, 2022
Holiday Pet Safety Travel Tips - Dog in a travel bag

Pets love being part of the family during the holidays. That's why people increasingly include pets in their holiday travel plans. While holiday travel is full of merriment, some extra care is needed when pets are in the picture. Bringing your pet along for the holidays means placing them in new environments with variables you can't always control. This could lead to unexpected, unforeseen dangers. These five pet safety travel tips for the holidays will ensure that your holidays can stay merry, bright, and safe for pets.

Know the Rules When Boarding Planes, Trains, or Buses With Your Pet

Dog in a bag

One of the most important pet safety travel tips for the holidays is to eliminate surprises that could leave your pet unable to board at the last minute. In most cases, that means showing up with a carrier you've verified as being approved with the transpiration provider you're using to get to your merry destination. If you're traveling out of the country for the holidays, it's essential to know that carry-on pets aren't allowed on most overseas flights. Restrictions also exist regarding how many animals are allowed per passenger. Print off the transportation provider's rules to bring with you when you arrive for boarding to prove that you're in full compliance.

It's also important to remember that airlines generally don't book pet tickets online. Only consider your pet's spot booked once you've spoken with a representative on the phone. Once your pet's ticket is booked, make sure you have the following travel essentials ready to go long before your departure date:

  1. All vaccination records and documentation are needed for both airlines and specific destinations.
  2. A carrier meeting the size requirements of your transportation provider.
  3. Identification tags for your pet.
  4. Your pet's favorite toy from home.
  5. A warm blanket for your pet. Airplanes and train cars can get chilly!
  6. An extra leash/harness.
  7. Snacks and treats that seal easily.
  8. Wee-wee pads.

Arrive at your departure site as early as possible! This is more than just a useful rule for all holiday travel. Checking in with a pet always takes longer because pets must be checked at ticket counters. Curbside and self-service check-in options are generally not permitted with pets. While all of this may seem like a hassle, it will only be a matter of time before your pet enjoys some fresh air at an outdoor shopping mall in Hollywood, a beautiful hotel balcony, or some other relaxing setting!

Search for Local Emergency Veterinarian Clinics Ahead of Time

Pet at the veterinarian

Nobody wants to prepare for the worst when traveling with pets. However, it's helpful to look up a 24-hour veterinary clinic located in the area where you'll be staying before you depart for your trip. This will ensure that you know exactly where to take your pet if a health emergency strikes while you're away from home.

Have a Conversation About Safe and Unsafe Foods

The holiday season is a time for overindulgence for humans. However, overindulgence can be deadly for pets. If you are sharing meals with friends or family members you don't see often, they may not be "in the know" about what pets can eat. While they may think they're doing something sweet by slipping Fido a Christmas cookie, they may be unwittingly putting your pet's health in jeopardy. Don't be shy about reminding people not to feed your pet anything under the table. Turkey bones, chocolate-covered candies, sweets made with xylitol, chives, citrus peels, pits, coffee grounds, raw eggs, grapes, raw meat, tough meat, nuts, and salt can all pose health hazards for pets.

Know the Common Holiday Household Hazards for Pets

While your house may be a pet-proof pad during the holidays, you can't necessarily control new environments. Christmas trees are dripping with hidden dangers. In many cases, the water in a tree's basin contains fertilizer that can cause an upset stomach. Tree water can also contain bacteria that will leave your pet with diarrhea and nausea if it gets licked up! Holly and mistletoe can also cause extreme gastrointestinal and cardiovascular distress if ingested by pets. Sparkly tinsel, radiant candles, and glass bulbs are other common holiday threats to pets. It's important to keep your pet away from these hazards to avoid a holiday-time tragedy.

Get a "Mood Vest" for Your Pet

Dog with a vest

Pets tend to get lots of attention in public. However, your pet might not love being touched, "booped" on the nose, or coddled by strangers while traveling. Shield your pet from the adoring public by ordering a vest patch alerting passersby to the fact that space is needed.

Happy Holidays Start With Dazzling Hollywood Plans

There are plenty of small details to stress when traveling with a pet for the holidays. Finding a perfect parking spot doesn't need to be one of them, so be sure to book your hotel Hollywood parking in advance so you’ll arrive with zero hassles.