Thanksgiving PalsTraveling with your pet this Thanksgiving holiday? Amid all of the get-togethers, food and celebration, don’t forget about your pet’s special needs that will help make the trip to — and once you get to your destination — safer and more enjoyable.

Remember to secure your furry friend for safe travel. Accidents and sudden stops can happen in an instant. Then it’s too late. An unrestrained pet can become a deadly projectile, causing injury to itself and other passengers in your vehicle. Why not play it safe and secure your pet in a crate belted to the vehicle or with a vehicle safety harness? Smaller pets enjoy some of the popular, elevated pet car seats, which allow them to see out over the river and through the woods. Your pet will have plenty of time to romp and play once you get to where you’re going. It’s up to you to keep him safe along the way.  

As a reminder, be careful about what foods may be in paw’s reach of your pet. Poultry bones are easily swallowed and can pose a real choking hazard. Treats, such as chocolate intended for guests, can also cause serious problems and sometimes be fatal. A substance called theobromine is in chocolate and can be very toxic to pets.  

Holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly and poinsettia can be deadly to animals, so make sure these are well out of reach. 

By being prepared for safe holiday travel and cognizant of the dangers around your pet, you can help to ensure that your pet remains safe and secure during holiday visits. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be a better pet parent.  

Happy (and Safe) Pet Travels! 

Tom James

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  11. Thanks Doreen. It would be wise for pet travelers to check out for a listing of emergency pet clinics and vets before they leave home. Having these clinic listings handy in the areas where you’ll be traveling can very well save a lot of time and agony in an emergency.

    Thanks again for the comment.

  12. I picked up a copy of the Pet E.R. Guide which lists 24 hour pet care facilities and it has saved me a lot of agony since the first time. Had I had this the first emergency I had with my Terrier Shorty it would have saved me a lot of time an agony as it turned out after the hunt that I was within 15 minutes of a 24 hour hour pet care facility. The guide would have sure saved me a lot of precious time had I had it then.

    If you travel a lot this is well worth the peace of mind….

  13. Great picture!

    I would just add: Be sure to scope out where the local emergency vet clinic is wherever you’re going. This saved our dog’s life last year.

  14. Thanks Tom! Having my 2 dogs it comes as a great reminder! I love the picture lol! Your article reminds me of a couple we had camping where I was hosting. They kind of didn’t follow the rules by letting their 2 dogs run loose a bit and while the dogs had a blast romping in the vegetation and surrounding area. Once the romp and play was all over the 2 happy dogs returned to the RV where the owners learned all bout Poison Oak after petting and hugging their rambunctious pets!

    They experienced a rough time on the rest of their trip which had to be cut short. They took the pets to a local groomer thinking all was well, but forgetting the dogs had been all over the furniture, carpet and you name it. Once the owners recovered they had quite a task of cleaning their RV. Not sure what affect it had on the dogs, but they (the owners) were a mess and quite a sight!

    Tony (aka firedude)