As the summer comes to a close, lots of us will be getting out of NYC for one final long weekend. Whether you are heading to Long Island, the Catskills, or heading to Coney Island for a day on the beach, if your pet is coming, here are a few tips to make the trip easy:
(1) Should your pet come with you? Does your pet do well travelling, or would he/she be happier at home with a pet sitter? Sometimes the least stressful option for pets is maintaining their normal routine, even if they have to be away from you.
(2) Give your pet a chance to be a happy traveler — take time in the weeks (and months) leading up to your trip to work on using the carrier/crate for extended periods of time and in a variety of settings that mimic your trip. Be sure training sessions are low stress, full of fun treats/toys, and always end on a high note.
(3) Plan ahead — make sure to bring enough of your pet’s normal food and any medications to last the entire trip and set up a safe place for your pet to stay confined if need be (such as a large enough kennel or crate with good ventilation). Find out if you need any travel documents (vaccine certificates, health certificates) and schedule time to collect them a few days before your trip.
(4) Be prepared in case of emergency — look up veterinarians along your route and at your destination that are open 24 hours a day. Make sure your pet is microchipped in case of escape, and keep your registration information up to date. Bring a recent photo of your pet just in case.
(5) Prepare your car (or carry on bag) for your pet passenger(s) — bring food and water for the trip, comfortable bedding, a good toy (and for cats, think about catnip and calming pheromone sprays), and turn on child locks to prevent inadvertent escapes!
If you have any specific concerns regarding your pet and travel, contact us as early as possible. We’re happy to help you make a travel plan that works for your family, but some plans may take a few days to put in place.
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