Travelling with the dog along can make the family vacation fun for everyone only if it is planned carefully. To ensure a safe and comfortable trip and make it less stressful, both for you and your animal companion; it is necessary to follow some practices before leaving your home.
Let us discuss some tips to make traveling with your dog enjoyable.
A Comfortable Portable Crate
A crate can be an excellent way to keep your dog safe and not have to worry about them moving around while you’re driving. It can also avoid your furry friend from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host’s home. Make sure to place the crate in a great spot and not put your canine friend in the back of the car all alone. Also, it will be a good idea to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before leaving for your trip.
Remember to bring your dog to the veterinarian for a check-up before going to a new place and away from comfort zone. Make sure all the vaccinations are up-to-date; take shot records with you. Health certifications are also required for airline travel.
Be Prepared in Case of An Emergency
When going for a vacation, it is essential to save the number of the nearest 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital/clinic into your cell phone, along with the office and emergency number of your regular veterinarian (in case the veterinarians need to speak with each other and discuss remedy). That way, if you find yourself in a situation where your dog needs urgent medical attention, you are prepared with the necessary information.
A Collar and Leash with an Identification Tag
Make sure your dog has a sturdy yet comfortable leash and collar. It should have identification tags imprinted with the dog’s name, your name, your home phone number and address. If you plan on staying longer, consider mentioning the location and phone number of your vacation spot.
Practice Pet Bathroom Breaks
Before you leave home, ensure to train your dog to relieve himself on multiple surfaces & not just grass! The ability to potty on different terrains, such as concrete and gravel, will alleviate his discomfort as avoid possibility of accidents while you’re on the road. Carry bags to clean up afterwards.
Pack Comfort Food and Water
If your dog has an easily upset stomach, you might want to pack a few days’ worth regular comfort food, even if you’re sure you’ll be able to purchase more at your destination. Check with your vet about giving your pet only bottled water while away from home.
Carry Favourite Toys
To keep your dog distracted while you are on your vacation, it is best to give them tons of toys. Hiding a treat in a chew toy will keep your pup too busy to notice all the chaos around them. You will both be happy that they have something to do.