As more people travel this year for the holidays than they have in a long time, they are bringing new family members along for the trip. New babies, budding relationships, and pets that were adopted during the pandemic are among the guests that will likely be on your list this year. Whether you are traveling with your pet or if you have family members bringing their new pet to your home, it is a good idea to do whatever you can to prepare for these new introductions ahead of time. While most pets can be introduced easily to new people and, in many cases, other pets, not all will have a positive experience. Make sure you know the Anchor Animal Hospital hours and have a contact number ready for your Dartmouth veterinary clinic – and that you take some time to learn about boarding pets in New Bedford and the surrounding area. You might need a “quick fix” if there isn’t enough space in your home to keep your pets safe during this time of year.
When Traveling with a Pet
If you are the one that is traveling somewhere to be with family this year and plan on bringing your pet, make sure to ask first. Don’t just assume that everyone will be as pleased to see your pet as you are when you visit. They might have said, “how cute” or “he looks like a good dog” in your video conversations and social media photos, but that doesn’t mean they are prepared for you to bring them along when you come to their home. Be a good guest and create a safe environment for you, your pet, your family, and their pets whenever you travel. Speak with your veterinarian to inquire about boarding pets in New Bedford and the local area, just in case your pet is not welcome or bringing multiple pets together is not advised for any reason.
Before traveling, take time to bathe, groom, and brush your pet well. You want to make a positive first impression! Take care to pack your pet’s food, dishes, water bowls, and bring bottled water, so you don’t have to impose on your host for anything. Consider weather forecasts and conditions, bringing along warm blankets, bedding, and booties, if necessary. Have a leash, crate, baby gate, or anything else that you might need to keep your pet confined and safe during the visit. Preparing for any eventuality – even situations that might not ever occur – is the best way to make sure your pet is properly cared for and comfortable during your holiday trip. Kitty litter and litter box, bags for poop disposal, air freshener, treats, toys – you know what your pet needs, so make sure you bring it along for your visit.
When Hosting a New Pet
Whether you have pets or not, hosting a guest who has a pet can be a challenge. As it is a new experience for everyone involved, particularly the pet, make sure that you and your household are prepared. Coach young children about not rushing up to the pet for a greeting but learning how to allow the pet to come to them when it is ready. Speak with your guests about their pets, asking about any training, behavior issues, or things that you should know about ahead of time. Make sure to provide the guest with a sleeping area that has a door or some other barrier that will give them and their pet some much-needed privacy and space. If you have pets, consider keeping them in your room or another safe place until introductions can be made and you are sure there will not be any problems.
Even if the pets get along right away, make sure to feed them separately in different locations. Consider crate feeding if food issues are a concern, and ensure that your pet does not steal toys or food from the other pet. Take the time to walk your dog or spend quiet time with your cat during the visit. Keep those Anchor Animal Hospital hours and Dartmouth veterinary clinic phone numbers handy. Working to prevent holiday pet problems can help to have a happy stay for everyone involved, but you need to know what to do in case something does go wrong. You can reach our team by calling 508-996-3731. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, and we are closed Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays.