Traveling With Your Dog

Many dog owners do not want to or cannot leave their pet at home or in a boarding facility when     they travel. If you are planning to take your furry friend on the road with you, planning your trip well in advance is the key to reducing stress and making it a safe and fun adventure for all.
Check with your healthcare professional to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and medications and other medical concerns are in order.
When packing, keep your dog’s things separate from yours so they can be located easily.
 What to pack: 
  • Medications
  • Instructions for special needs
  • Dog tags
  • Healthcare specialist contact information
  • Food (what your dog regularly eats, if possible)
  • Clean water
  • Bowls
  • Treats
  • Favorite toys
  • Brush and comb
  • Leash and collar
  • Waste bags
Arrange for pet-friendly overnight accommodations ahead of time. Some hotels charge a fee for dog accommodations and also have weight and breed restrictions.
Give careful thought to your dog’s feeding schedule. This will reduce the chances of him getting sick in the moving vehicle and give you a better idea of his schedule for going to the bathroom. Feed him a lighter than usual meal 3-4 hours before the trip starts. Be aware of your dog’s overall behavior, since his daily routine is being interrupted.
Make sure your dog is properly secured in a dog seat or crate. This will not only protect him in case of an accident but it will ensure less interference from your pet while you are driving.
When you reach your destination or soon thereafter, exercise your dog by taking him for a long walk. This will allow him time to unwind, relieve himself and relax before you bring him to the room.
If possible, do not leave your dog alone in the room.
And never leave your dog alone in the car. In temperatures of 80 degrees, the car’s temperature can reach up 120 degrees in minutes. This can cause heatstroke, illness and possibly death.
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