When you are planning a trip, including your beloved dog makes good sense. After all, they are a member of the family who can have a great time and help everyone have an enjoyable vacation. Use these tips to keep things running smoothly:
In advance of the trip, schedule an appointment with your vet to ensure your dog has all needed vaccinations, both local and any that may be required while on your journey. You will need a proper health certification before allowing the animal on an airplane. Make certain always to have a copy of vaccination records while on your trip.
Remember to pack any medications the dog needs and their favorite food. You do not want to arrive at your destination only to discover the community does not offer food your pet is familiar with. Consider packing bottled water as well. If the hotel water smells “off” to your dog, he may not drink it.
Crates are a fantastic way to keep your dog out of trouble and safe. They are ideal for the car and mandatory for all airlines. You can use it at the hotel when you are leaving the dog alone. He will feel more secure and not have the anxiety and opportunity to destroy the room. You can purchase them at any pet retailer; consider this when shopping:
* Size should be large enough for the dog to stand, make a complete turn and then lie down comfortably.
* Needs sturdy handles and grips that do not extend into the dog’s area.
* Absorbant material covering a leak-proof bottom.
* Ample ventilation holes and knobs or other protrusions to prevent the airflow from being blocked.
* Labels that identify the contents of the crate as a living animal. Include straight arrows and your contact information.
When preparing for the trip, put a comfortable lining on the bottom, a water bottle and a beloved toy in the crate before the animal.
While it is certainly unpleasant to think about your dog becoming separated from you while on the trip, it could happen. You will stand a better chance of finding your pet again if you have taken the proper identification steps.
A big collar with identification tags and proof of rabies shots is an excellent start. You may think about microchipping the animal as well.
Take a picture of your dog, with you, just before leaving your home to provide proof the animal is yours should you need it.
If you are planning a long trip and your dog does not have much experience riding in vehicles, start taking short trips to help your dog become accustomed to the process.
Do not feed your dog for at least a couple of hours before getting on the road to minimize the chance of motion sickness. You should make fresh water available always.
Both car and the crate must be well-ventilated. Do not leave the animal alone, particularly during hot months.
Your dog should never be in the back of a truck or have their head hanging out of the window. Both are health risks.
Make sure to take regular bathroom and exercise breaks for the dog and be sure any kids in the car do not tease or harass the animal.
If you are traveling by air, find out what the rules are governing your flights. Check with each airline you will be using for the trip to ensure compliance with all of them. You will need an updated sound bill of health along with a current shot record. During extreme temperatures, some airlines will not transport animals. If your pet is being transported as cargo, the container crate you are using must be airline approved. If you have a tiny dog, the airline may allow you to place him under your seat.
Make sure that you reserve rooms that are animal-friendly and that know you are bringing your dog. Keep your animal quiet, clean up after walks and never leave him unattended. Find out where the hotel wants you to walk the dog and make sure that you keep your dog’s behavior in check.
Following these tips can ensure a great trip, both for you and your dog.