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Holiday Travel Checklist

Published on Sunday, November 29, 2015 in Dogs and Puppies

Traveling with a pet is not the easiest thing in the world.

Pet owners have to worry about things like searching for a hotel that will accommodate a pet, restrictions of certain breeds of dog in different areas, and packing a lot more than what a non-pet owner would pack.

You can check out Pet Friendly Accommodation Section for location ideas.

Never to worry, here is a complete checklist of supplies that you should always have when traveling with a furry friend.

First-Aid Kit: You can assemble a first-aid kit at home, or purchase one. It is always good to think ahead in case anything happens.

Food (and maybe bottled water): keep your pet on the same diet. If your doggy has a sensitive stomach, bottled water is good to have as well.

Phone number and address of a vet near where you’re staying: This is especially important if you are travelling to a remote area.

Research local pet laws or by-laws: People who own controversial dogs such as Pit-bulls or Rottweilers should check local laws to ensure the dog is welcome to the area. Some areas have specific dog breed bans, so call ahead to make sure your canine is not affected.

Recent photo: If your pet is lost while travelling, a picture will be useful.

Identification: Record license and microchip numbers. Contact information should be up to date.

Comfortable bedding: Whatever bedding you use at home; what your pet is comfortable with.

Collar and leash: Bring along an extra of both in case something breaks.

Grooming tools: Make sure you bring a brush, nail clippers, and pet shampoo if you are going to be gone longer than a week.

Stuff to get rid of poop: Plastic bags, litter box, pooper scooper…it’s always good to clean up after your pet.

Stain remover: Just in case. It’s better to be safe than sorry. A lint brush, or pet hair remover is also useful.

Kennel or carrier: Some hotels will ask that you kennel your pet when you leave. Make sure the crate is well-padded as well; it helps while in the vehicle.

Medications: Make sure your pet is healthy before you travel. Take “Fluffy” to the vet to make sure you don’t have to worry about health problems while you are away.

If you just make a simple checklist, or even print this one out, you will surely have a great holiday.

By J. Lauren Benton


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