If you have a dog it’s a part of your family; so, of course, you want to bring them along when you travel. It used to be that dogs were faux pas when travelling, but that has definitely changed; in particular the past 5-10 years. Now there are plenty of dog-friendly campgrounds, hotels, beaches, adventure parks, and other places where your pooch can enjoy a little time away from home too. But the first thing you should ask yourself is whether or not it’s the best thing for your dog to tag along. If your dog isn’t a good traveler; gets sick, agitated, or emotionally distraught, then you are best to leave them safe and sound at home. You can always leave them with a friend or at an animal shelter.
You are going to have to get your research done and make sure if you are planning to travel out of the country with your furry friend, that you check the quarantine laws and transport restrictions. Of course you can never be too sure your hotel is pet-friendly and has room for you and your best friend; give them a call to triple check. And it’s not a bad idea to get your puppy micro chipped if you haven’t already. This is just for peace of mind if nothing else. While you’re at it, book your dog for a full head to tail checkup just to make certain everything is in working order. Let your vet know your plans so he can be absolutely sure you are up to date on the vaccinations. Finally, you’ll need to make sure your travelling carrier is in place, along with treats and food, and anything else your dog will need on your travels. Just make a list like you do for yourself so there’s no doubt you’ve got everything covered.
Hitting the Road
Driving with your dog is a heck of a lot less risky than flying. Here are a few wise-owl words of advice when you’re travelling with your little buddy. Don’t ever leave your dog alone in the car: Many people don’t realize that even on mild days dogs can die in parked cars. It doesn’t take long for the car to heat up dangerously, even in the shade. Take frozen bottles of water along for the ride: These are excellent for filling up the water dish along the way. Dogs don’t really like to drink hot water. Bring something along for an upset stomach: Just like humans, dogs can get carsick too. Talk with your vet about natural remedies that will help prevent any big messes along the way.