If you are travelling with pets at Christmas here and not sure what to do, here are some tips to ensure that it really is “the most wonderful time of the year.”
- Since this is the busiest time of the year to travel, it’s best to plan well in advance as things get booked up fast. Laraine Bunt from Hamilton Heritage Bed & Breakfast near Newcastle in New South Wales says “It pays to book early. December/January are very busy times and demand exceeds supply.”
- The same is true for kennels, catteries and pet sitters – these services are in high demand at this time of year and can even have waitlists. Yaps Cat Oasis Resort recommend people book by about August / September each year to secure a spot for Xmas. Jodie the duty manager says, “Some of our regular customers like to book at the start of the year.”
- Another thing to consider is that that most pet-friendly accommodation, kennels or catteries require proof of vaccinations and flea and tick treatments. Jody advises, “All boarding pets need to be up-to-date with their yearly vaccinations and if they are due at or around the time of coming into the facility, they need to be done 10-14 days beforehand. A copy of the current vaccination certificate must be sighted by our staff.”
- While you may regard your pet as part of your family, others may not be so accommodating; always ask if your pet is welcome when staying or visiting another person’s house. Consider asking beforehand, if there are people with allergies, other animal guests or worse still a relative who especially dislikes pets?
- If you are travelling interstate by air, there are limited places for pets available on flights and book out fast! Also, remember that this is the hottest time of the year in Australia so try to avoid flying your pet during high summer temperatures such as midday.
- Lastly, while dressing up your pup or kitty might be fun for you, it might more ‘Ho ho no!’ for some pets. If you do intend to put your pooch in a Santa outfit or kitty as an elf remember not to leave the costume on them for too long.