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Caring for Your Pets During the Holiday Season

Traveling with Your Pets

Can't bear a trip without your pet? Try these tips:

Traveling by car:

  • Take short practice drives with your pet beforehand.
  • Bring your pet's bed so he feels secure.
  • Never leave your pet alone. Even when you're pumping gas, bring him outside on a leash.
  • Invest in a pet carrier or animal seat belt, which will help avoid injuries.

Traveling by plane:

  • The minimum age for pets is eight weeks.
  • Research your airline's pet policies, including
    check-in time, boarding fees (from $75), and height and weight restrictions.
  • Size permitting, bring your animal on board in a carrier and stow under the seat.

No matter how you're getting there:

  • Bring plenty of water and your pet's favorite food. Changing brands, flavors, or consistencies can cause digestive problems.
  • Have an extra supply of your pet's medicines.
  • Keep a copy of your pet's most recent medical records with you, especially if he is old or ill.

Got a pesky pooch? A moody mutt? Celebrity pet expert and Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan can help! Send your animal-behavior question -- along with a photo of your dog -- to We might feature your story in an upcoming issue.

Originally published in the December 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.