“This journey called life is much more meaningful when accompanied by dogs.”
Tips on traveling with your dog… Thinking of traveling with your dog on your next trip? Here are some tips to consider before you hit the road.
The weather is changing for the better and thoughts of travel, vacations, and adventures are in the forefront of our minds. The idea of leaving your dog behind may be too difficult for you… But have no fear! Thinking of taking your dog along on your next trip? For travelers that are preparing to take their beloved pooch along for the adventure, here are some tips to make your trip a success.
The key to any successful endeavor is to be prepared. The same is true for traveling with your dog. The better prepared you are will make the process smoother. Simply put, just anticipating what to expect, and being prepared for anything, makes for a less stressful pet and owner.
Here are 5 things to consider before hitting the road…
Before leaving on any trip, be sure to have also made a recent trip to your Veterinarian. It’s important to be sure all of your pets vaccinations are up to date. These records should be current, and go along with you, when you are traveling with your dog.
Do you plan on flying? If so, current health certificates will be a requirement for airline travel. Check with the airline you are planning to use, to find out how current the health certificate should be. Most should be no older than 10 days prior to your departure date.
In addition to traveling with your pets vaccination and health records, there is another added measure you can take to ensure the health and safety of your dog. Prior to travel, look up the closest emergency Vet in the area you are traveling to. Keep this information handy in the event you should ever encounter a medical emergency with your pet. We all assume nothing bad will ever happen, right? However, in the event the worst does happen, you’ll be that much closer to finding help.
A crate is an excellent way of keeping your pet safe while in the car. If you are planning on airline travel, this will be a requirement. Even if your dog is a well-behaved car traveling companion, bringing a crate along is still a good idea. The use of a crate will help keep your pet from getting into trouble at a dog-friendly hotel or in a host’s home.
What happens if your dog somehow manages to get away from you while traveling? Having proper identification on your dogs collar will greatly increase your chances of recovery.
3 ways you can do this:
- Make sure your dogs collar and leash are sturdy and in good quality. Have an ID tag attached with your dog’s name, your name, and your phone number, as well as proof of rabies vaccination.
- Consider getting your pet micro-chipped.
- Have a current photo of your dog with you, as well as health records.
Bring along plenty of your pets food. You wouldn’t want to run out while traveling. The brand of food that your dog is used to eating may not be available where you are traveling to. Changing your dogs diet suddenly, and especially while traveling, could spell disaster for your pet, and your trip.
You may want to consider bringing bottled water. Why? This could help prevent upset stomach. Water quality differs from location to location. A change in water could cause stomach upset if your dog has a sensitive system.
Bring some new toys! Providing your dog with new toys will help prevent boredom. Depending on how long your trip may be, it would be a good idea to keep your traveling companion occupied. In addition, go ahead and bring some comforts from home. Some dogs get anxiety going someplace new, so bringing familiar items, such as their blanket, bed, or a personal item of yours containing your scent, could help keep your dog calm during a potentially stressful trip.
To get more tips on riding in the car with your dog, click here.
If you plan to travel by airplane, or train, check back for some additional tips.
Hope you have safe, fun, and happy travels with your dog!
If you find these tips useful, or you can think of tips of your own to share, drop a comment below!