12/03/2014 03:16 EST | Updated 02/02/2015 05:59 EST

WestJet, Air Canada Ban Pets On Holiday Flights

If you plan on flying anywhere for Christmas with the furry members of your family you'd better do it soon.

As of Dec. 15, no pets will be accepted on Air Canada or WestJet flights until after the holidays.

"It really meant that I had to hustle and make sure that I could book my flight in time to bring my dog. If I couldn't take her I wouldn't be going home for Christmas either," Dieter Friesen, a Vancouverite studying in Toronto told The Early Edition.

One man at a Vancouver dog park said he put off his holiday travel plans until Jan. 7 to accommodate his dog.

"It's a member of the family so obviously there's nothing different than anything else, you just want to have them around all the time," he said.

No airline spokesperson could be reached for comment. Air Canada's website states that the restrictions are imposed during this "peak winter travel period due to increased passenger and cargo loads."

On Twitter, some pet owners told The Early Edition they've also been put out by the rules, while others think there's a good reason behind them and pet owners need to plan accordingly.

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