If you plan to travel this summer, why not bring your best friend? When it is safe to do so again, traveling with your dog can make a good trip great! However, before you set out, there are some issues to keep in mind. In this blog post, we provide tips to keep the health and safety of your fur baby front-and-center as you explore a new destination.
First and foremost, you must make sure your dog will be allowed to stay at your destination. If you will be staying at a hotel, call first to inquire about the pet policy. If you will be traveling to a national park or campground, find out the rules as well as any required vaccinations. Regardless of where you travel, don’t rely on websites and guidebooks which may be out of date. Also ask about fees that will be added to avoid any bad surprises.
Being on the go increases the chance that he or she many become lost. Before you travel, make sure your dog is microchipped and wearing a collar or harness with identification tags. Microchips are inserted under your dog’s skin between the shoulder blades. Workers at shelters and veterinarians’ offices scan these chips to identify lost pets.
Be Sure to Pack:
Food and Water
Your dog’s favorite brand of food may not be available everywhere, so call a store near your destination before you go. If they do not carry the brand, you can bring some from home. It’s also a good idea to bring water from home, if you can, to prevent stomach upset.
Don’t forget to pack any medications your dog takes. Remember that the TSA does not allow liquids, so you may need to keep liquid medications in a checked bag if you will be traveling by plane.
First Aid Kit
Pack a first aid kit for your pup that includes these items: Antiseptic, Antibiotic cream, Hydrogen peroxide, Rubbing alcohol, Cotton balls, Gauze pads, Adhesive tape, Tweezers
Be sure that you and you dog are minding your manners while you travel. Don’t forget waste bags so you can pick up after him. Also bring a roll of paper towels in case of messes. And, take your dog for a walk to do her business before a flight or car ride!
Crates help to secure your pet and reduce the chance of him getting lost. Crate your dog in the car to prevent him from running out of an open door and to prevent him from distracting the driver or obscuring their view.With a bit of planning, your trip can be smooth and enjoyable for both you and your dog. Keep these tips on hand to help you prepare for you next big adventure!