If you're like millions of Americans, you'll be traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday to visit family and friends. And if you're like many pet parents, you'll want to bring your furry friend along for the ride! Here are a few tips to help you get your pet ready for Thanksgiving travel:
- Schedule a check-up with your veterinarian. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations and that you have a copy of their medical records. If you're traveling out of state, you may need to get a health certificate from your vet.
- Get your pet microchipped and make sure their ID tags are up-to-date. If your pet gets lost while you're away from home, a microchip and current ID tags will increase the chances of them being returned to you.
- Pack all the essentials, including food, water, bowls, a leash, toys, and a bed or blanket. Don't forget any medications your pet is taking, and be sure to pack a first-aid kit. If you're in need of travel gear, don't forget to check-out our award-winning pet carriers and travel accessories. (Our pet carrier is one of Oprah's Favorite Things this year, and has been Wired Magazine's Best Pet Carrier since 2022.)
- If you're flying, find out the airline's pet travel policies in advance. Make reservations for your pet as soon as possible, as there are often limited spots available on flights. Do you need extra help getting your pup ready for plane travel? Check out some helpful tips here.
- If you're driving, make sure your pet is comfortable in their travel carrier or crate. Take some practice car rides so they can get used to the motion and noise.