During the summer months, you may find yourself booking a vacation for yourself, your family, and your furry friend. Traveling with your canine may sound overwhelming however, with some research and a little extra planning, it is possible. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or out of necessity, you will need to take some extra steps to prepare for your dog’s needs. Despite this, you will create fun memories with your dog and family.
General Traveling Tips
- Know your dog. It’s okay if your dog is not suitable or dislikes long trips in the car or any other form of transportation. You know your dog better than anyone else. If you are second guessing the idea, search for a recommended pet sitter, friend, or family member to watch your dog while you are away. While on vacation, you will be relaxed knowing that your dog is in safe hands and you will be able to enjoy yourself.
- Complete a health check. Visit your veterinarian before going on a trip, especially if it is extended. This will allow you to verify that all of the vaccinations are up-to-date and that your pet is healthy. Make sure to request any health records, that you may not have, to bring on your trip.
- Research dog friendly places. Before traveling with your canine, research pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, stores, and attractions. You will feel more prepared before leaving.
Items to Add to Your Packing List
- Food and water
- Food and water dishes
- Crate and/or carrier
- Collar, leash, harness, and ID tags
- Blankets and dog bed (when traveling by car)
- Grooming products (brush, shampoo, etc)
- Cleaning supplies
- Medication and any other supplements
- Health records
Traveling By Car
1. Feed your dog a light meal. It’s recommended to feed them 3-4 hours before leaving. This allows for them to relieve themselves before the car ride. While on the road, stop to feed your dog.
2. Don’t allow your dog to roam all over the car. It can be dangerous if you are distracted by your dog while driving and we want you and your pet to be safe in the situation.
3. Be aware of car sickness. Your dog can feel queasy, similar to humans when they ride in the car for too long. If another individual or your family is accompanying you, this is where they can come to the rescue by remaining observant. We also recommend talking with your veterinarian before the trip for additional preventative tips.
4. Do not allow you dog to stick their head out for long periods of time. It is recommended to never allow this as your dog may be more susceptible to an eye injury or become sick due to the large quantity of cold air forced into their lungs.
Always remember that you are going on a vacation to enjoy yourself and relax. When you are calm, your furry friend will remain calm too. If you haven’t yet, make sure to read some of our additional blogs “Simple Tips to Teach Your Dog How to Lie Down,” and “Helpful Tips to Teach Your Dog How to Sit,”. Additionally, come back next week to read our tips on traveling by plane with your canine!