Home for the Holidays: 5 Tips For Traveling With Pets

This is a sponsored post, in partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club. All opinions are proudly my own.

Going home for the holidays? Bringing your pets with you? We are too! Here are 5 tips for traveling with pets during the holiday season. #ad #BJsSmartSaver

Now that we have a new puppy in the mix, our travel plans are never quite the same.

It’s true what they say that when you add a new family member, you double, triple, or quadruple the work, time and money! All worth it, though, to have all three of our pets under one roof with us when we travel. We used to have a cat sitter come here and we’d send Athena to my in-laws. Then we got Astro and would sometimes board the dogs or still send them with our in-laws. However, Astro recently had surgery so he’s been going everywhere with us. Not to mention that we spent Thanksgiving at my parent’s farm WITH my in-laws. That means no care for the dogs, so we brought them with us!

Luckily, both are GREAT travel companions!

Traveling with pets to go home for the holidays should not be taken lightly, especially if you have a far distance to go. Luckily, BJ’s Wholesale Club makes it easy, as well as these practical tips that will ensure smooth travels.

Going home for the holidays? Bringing your pets with you? We are too! Here are 5 tips for traveling with pets during the holiday season. #ad #BJsSmartSaver

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Going home for the holidays? Bringing your pets with you? We are too! Here are 5 tips for traveling with pets during the holiday season. #ad #BJsSmartSaver

Home for the Holidays: 5 Tips for Traveling with Pets:

1 – Talk about all travel plans with your vet. Luckily this won’t be Astro’s first trip because that would be a whole other stressor. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, you must think about your pets. And also, your destination matters too! Plus, some pets get motion sick which is no fun for anyone.

2 – Put in the extra effort to make sure everyone is cared for. Is where you’re staying pet-friendly, and more importantly – pet-safe? Are you having guests with their own pets or with any kinds of allergies or fears that might make life with your pet harder? Make quiet and calm introductions, and if children are involved, supervise the early interactions.

3 – If you’re traveling, make sure to travel on less busy days. This will lead to less chaos overall, and maybe more chances for quieter walks and potty breaks for your pet. (and you) Avoid the Wednesday before or Sunday after Thanksgiving.

4 – Safety first, of course. Pets can be more curious in new places. Before you go, make sure you know nearby vets and animal hospitals at your destination and make sure that your tag and microchip information are up to date first.

5 – Get everything you need at BJ’s and bring it on the road! Pets don’t always adjust as well as we do, so changing food and treats too much can lead to issues. Bring familiar bedding, a favorite treat, and if you introduce a new pet bed, make it comfortable at home first. Here are a couple of items we need for our travel with pets:

  • Pee Pee Pads. They are great for puppies and adult dogs, and packages include 100 pads with 5-layer leak-proof technology.

  • Chaise Lounger. Boy do we love this! It’s warm and cuddly and even has a removable squeaky chew toy for dogs. This gives them play and comfort. This one is a real win for us. We like to use it at home and take it while we travel.

And that is why BJ’s is always the place to go this holiday season. They offer a large selection of pet food brands that cater to your pet’s needs without breaking your budget. And with pets to get gifts for and to also travel with these days, we’re happy to have a place that has a wide assortment of food and accessories at unbeatable values. As a member, you can shop wet and dry pet food, treats that support dental health, and specialty foods that cater to weight management or complete nutrition. Not to mention that families can save up to $500 a year by shopping at BJ’s.

I love going to BJ’s during the holidays. I love that they’re committed to offering the best value of any supermarket or club, and members save 25% off grocery store prices every day. BJ’s is the only membership warehouse club to accept manufacturer’s coupons. And if you join BJ’s today, we’ll both receive $25 gift cards just for signing up!

My refer-a-friend link invites you to join BJ’s today and earn a $25 gift card! Also, BJ’s offers convenient shopping options including in-Club shopping, BJs.com and the BJ’s mobile app. You can save money and time by filling up your gas tanks at BJ’s Gas® with some of the lowest gas prices around. Make it your one-stop-shopping for your family and family pets!

Do you travel with your pets during the holidays?

Keeping a Pet-Friendly, Stress-Free Home for the Holidays

This post is sponsored by ADAPTIL® and FELIWAY®, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute pet photos are 100% my own.

It can be a stressful season for your pets! Find out how to keep a pet-friendly, stress-free home for the holidays this season. #ad #FeliwayCat #AdaptilDog

I so can’t believe we’re in December now!

Thanksgiving was awesome, although I can’t believe it’s already over! I still keep thinking November just started. Alas, this is the month we go full force on our holiday cheer. And we can’t wait. This year, we’re going to do it full force. It’s our first Christmas with our new puppy and our new home renovations and we plan to go big or go home! And then otherwise laze around in pajamas, catch a parade, and definitely watch holiday movies while snuggling our pets, of course. The best!

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What does that mean to us to have a pet-friendly, stress-free home? It means that for Hanukkah and Christmas, the pets either come with us, help us host, or are cared for by loving family and friends. It means extra treats and extra affection. They don’t know what the holidays are! They just know there are more people in the house than before. Or that we’re traveling. For our dogs, Athena and Astro, that’s a wonderful and delightful thing. For our cat, Juniper, that can be an uncertain thing. That means extra consistency and stability for her, as well as the best pet care and comfort products.

ADAPTIL® and FELIWAY®:

In our house, it’s FELIWAY® CLASSIC for cats and ADAPTIL® for dogs. FELIWAY® CLASSIC mimics the natural feline facial pheromone that cats use to mark their territory as safe and secure. This helps cats cope with stressful situations, like loud noises, house guests, and holiday parties. And it creates a state of familiarity and security, and that helps to comfort and reassure cats as they cope with these stressful situations. It might also lead to the reduction or elimination of unwanted stress-related behaviors, like hiding, scratching, and urine spraying. And it’s non-sedating and has no contraindications.

FELIWAY® CLASSIC Spray can be applied to your cat’s bedding or favorite toy to reduce stress at home. We also use FELIWAY® Classic Diffusers in our house. I keep one spray and one diffuser plugged in by our Christmas tree.

Then there’s ADAPTIL® for dogs, which is key in this house. We have one nervous dog and one calm dog who can get nervous around the holidays. This is a copy of the natural canine-appeasing pheromone that dogs know from birth, and that helps them feel more safe and secure in their surroundings. It creates a state of familiarity and security, which helps to comfort and reassure dogs when they cope with stressful situations – like loud noises, travel, and vet visits – and is clinically proven to reduce or eliminate unwanted stress-related behaviors like excessive licking, hiding, trembling, barking, destroying items, decreased appetite, and house soiling.

It can be a stressful season for your pets! Find out how to keep a pet-friendly, stress-free home for the holidays this season. #ad #FeliwayCat #AdaptilDog

ADAPTIL® comes in several easy-to-use forms, like ADAPTIL® Travel Spray to apply to your dog’s bedding or toys and ADAPTIL® Calm On-the-go Collar for traveling. There is also an ADAPTIL® diffuser. Athena uses the collar.

It can be a stressful season for your pets! Find out how to keep a pet-friendly, stress-free home for the holidays this season. #ad #FeliwayCat #AdaptilDog

ADAPTIL® and FELIWAY® products are available through your veterinarian, Amazon and at PetSmart. To find ADAPTIL® near you, check it out here. You can also find FELIWAY® near you here.

So, how do you keep a pet-friendly, stress-free home for the holidays?