Do you have to go on a trip, but are not very confident about leaving your dog behind? Well, take it with you and have a beautiful pet-owner adventure! Here’s how to have a safe and stress-free trip with your dog.
What dog is capable of traveling?
Not all dogs are ready to hit the road with you, especially when it comes to sick, injured and pregnant pooches. Also, if your pup happens to suffer from motion sickness or is very nervous when there are changes in its routine, it might be best to leave it at home (particularly if your trip is a short one). On the other hand, if you know your dog will have a great time with you, but you’re not sure about its manners, make sure to go through its training and repeat some basic commands.
Choose the right means of transportation
Air travel is the easiest for humans, but it’s not ideal for animals. Airlines often don’t pay enough attention to pets in the cargo area and the flight itself can be very stressful. Luckily, there are companies like Pet Airways that transport only pets and where animals get the best care during the flight. However, a car is probably the best way to travel with your pet. Dogs are quite familiar with cars and most of them have gone on rides before. If your dog isn’t car trained, make sure to conduct a few test-trips before the real thing!
While your dog is in the air, you’ll not be able to do much, but if you happen to travel by car, make sure to provide them with the best trip possible. So, bring all the necessities with you and pay attention to car safety. Make sure to pack a leash, crate or kennel, water and food bowls, plenty of food, treats and refreshment, poop bags and toys. Also, give your dog an appropriate flea, worm and heartworm treatment before your trip. This will keep your pup flea-free and healthy for the whole duration of your trip. Make sure to pack a few treatments with you if you’re staying more than a month. And in case you forget them, don’t worry. There are a lot of places that sell quality pet supplies online and you can have them deliver whatever you need to wherever you are.
Make frequent stops
What might be a cozy trip for you can be quite uncomfortable for your dog, so make sure to make stops every 3-5 hours. This will allow your dog to stretch, relieve itself and get some food and drinks. These stops will also give your dog a chance to run, use some of that built up energy and have a calm rest of the trip. Also, don’t forget to mark a few easily accessible vet stations and hospitals along the way, in case you need medical help for your pet.
Choose the best accommodation
If you know you have to stay in a hotel during your trip or once you arrive, make sure to check their policy on dogs in advance. You don’t want a place that allows dogs—you want one that welcomes them and treats them with kindness and respect. Some dog-friendly hotels also offer dog beds, treats, dog spas and even doggy daycare in case you have to leave your pup behind for a few hours. However, make sure to check how much these pet services cost before you treat your dog to the best hotel experience. Some places charge extra for these and even add a special cleaning fee.
Be prepared for emergencies
It’s bad when emergencies happen at home, but it’s a hundred times worse when they happen on the road, so be prepared! Before you start your engine, make sure to take your dog for a medical exam. Your vet will ensure your pup is healthy and ready for the trip. Also, don’t forget to obtain a health certificate from the vet and get a complete medical record together with all the vaccines your dog has received. Make sure to pack all medication and supplements you give your pup, mark vet hospitals on your route and get an up-to-date first aid kit. All of these things can mean the difference between life and death in case an emergency occurs!
Traveling with your pooch can be a great bonding experience, especially if you prepare and ensure you have a safe, fun and smooth ride!