Traveling with your pet can be a wonderful experience if you are well prepared and carefully plan ahead. Woofhoof brings you some great travel tips to help make that happen:
1. Think carefully about all of the items that your dog will and may need during your travel. Pack a bag and keep similar items together- it will make them easier to access when you need during your trip. Items you may need include:
• Food and food bowl
• Water, water bottle and bowl
• Extra leash and collar
• Toys for chewing and fetching
• Protective clothing and booties for hiking
• Dog-safe insect repellent and sunscreen
• Blanket and dog towel
• Brush and shampoo
• Flea comb and tick remover
• Poop bags
• First Aid items
2. Make sure that all of your dog’s identification information is current and securely attached to his collar. Put your cell phone number on his tag as you will not be home to take the call if he becomes lost.
3. Contact your vet to ensure your dog is up-to-date for vaccinations, and ask if additional vaccinations are required for the trip since your dog may encounter different threats, (like ticks that carry Lyme disease), at your destination or along the way.
4. Get a copy of your dog’s medical records and if he is on medication, bring extra meds in case your trip is delayed. Also, make sure that you program your phone with contact information, including the address, for a 24/7 emergency dog vet at your destination.
5. The safest way for dogs to travel in a car is in a safety-certified, crash-tested crate. It will also provide a comfortable, safe, and familiar place for your dog to sleep in at the hotel, motel, or other accommodation.
6. Many dogs suffer from car sickness, so it’s best to feed your dog a few hours before you get in the car. Before you head out, take a nice, long walk, so she’s ready to rest and relax for the trip.
7. If your trip exceeds two hours, plan to take a 15 to 30 minute break every 2 hours.
8. Bring your dog’s favorite items from home such as a treasured stuffed animal, toy, or bone—any item really, that is familiar and comforting.If he is anxious, you can also try rubbing a little lavender oil between your hands for a little aromatherapy or a massage beginning at the base of her head and down his spine.
9. Don’t ever leave your dog in a parked car, especially when it’s warm out. Even with the window cracked open, the car can quickly turn into an oven, which will cause dehydration and eventually death.
10. Do your research about accommodations.These days, many hotels welcome pets but most will have policies and fees - you want a hotel that will meet both you and your dog’s needs. Also, if you are attending an event that will take you away from him for a period of time, make arrangements for him with a friend or family but if this is not possible, get a recommendation for a local dog day care.
11. Don’t leave your dog unattended at the hotel because chances are the unfamiliar environment will be very anxiety provoking for your dog. Most hotels also do not allow dogs to be left alone in hotel rooms.
12. Because you are away from home, there will be tons of new sights, smells, sounds, and potential food distractions for your dog. Make sure you’re vigilant wherever you go about what’s around, especially things your dog could ingest.
13. Try and maintain your dog’s routine as much as possible. The more you remain consistent, the better. Once you reach your destination, feed and walk your dog on the same schedule you would at home. If you can, increase the walk time to help him get rid of the extra excitement and anxiety that comes from being away from home.
14. Most of all, HAVE FUN!