The holidays are coming! Is your pet holiday ready? Like people, pets will be affected by the busyness of the holiday season. Whether you’re celebrating at home, traveling with your canine or boarding your dog for the holidays, advanced planning is key to enjoying a stress-free season. Here are a few ways you can prepare your pet for the holidays.
Festive Occasions at Home
If you’re celebrating the holidays at home, take precautions for your pet. It’s one thing to invite a few friends over that your dog already knows and quite another to fill your house with guests for a holiday party. A shy or sensitive dog could resent the intrusion. An aggressive or untrained dog could wind up jumping on guests, nipping at heels or worse – biting your little nephew.
Even if your dog is friendly and used to strangers, consider how your guests may react to having your pet around. Some kids (and adults) are afraid of dogs; others are allergic. It’s good to have a plan B in case things don’t work out. Prepare a crate where your pet can stay during holiday meals or keep them separate in another room when celebrating with family and friends.
Whether you’re traveling by air or by car, it’s safer to crate your dog for the trip. If your dog isn't used to a crate, introduce it to them in advance, so they're comfortable with it when the time comes. Be sure your crate has ample space to accommodate your dog and is safe for travel.
Limit your pet’s food before car trips to avoid them getting sick in a moving vehicle. On long-distance trips, take frequent breaks so your pet can stretch. Bring high protein snacks to give your pet on breaks, so they don't get too hungry.
If traveling by plane, be sure to follow your airline’s criteria for pet travels. Make all preparations in advance to avoid last minute problems. Your pet should be fed five to six hours before departure, well exercised and given a “pit stop” as close to departure as possible. Consult with your vet concerning giving your dog medicine when traveling to calm them down. Sometimes a favorite toy or blanket is all a dog needs to feel relaxed and comfortable when traveling.
Boarding Your Pooch
If you’re boarding your dog for the holidays, visit the kennel in advance to ensure it’s the right place for your pet. Tour the facility to see how they operate and handle pets in their care. If your pet’s never been boarded before, book a "trial" day to familiarize them with the process. Kennels are often busy during the holiday season so be sure to book your pet’s stay well in advance.
At the Wagmore Pet Resort, we offer quality boarding and pet care services for any occasion. If you’re looking for a clean, safe, inspiring location to board your pet this holiday season, give us a call at 830-981-2273.