How To Travel with Your Dog Apr 18, 2017 by Cathy (Awesome Escape Blogger)
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.
More Travel Pointers
Grab a couple window shades: You know how hot it gets when you are driving along and the sun is beating down on you. If you haven’t got them already, grab a couple window shades for the back; it’ll help keep your dog cooler to be out of any direct sunlight. Stop for breaks: This is just as important for you as it is the dog. When you are stuck in a car, too long bad things can start happening. Make a point of stopping every hour or so to stretch your legs, let your dog do their business and take a walk, and refresh yourself. This will also help break the trip up a little and keep everyone from getting bored. Keep the air-conditioning ON: Even if it’s not particularly hot out it’s a good idea to have the cool air on to keep everyone alert. Remember your dog has fur so their temperature is a lot higher than yours. Keep the air on so they are comfortable.
Planes Aren’t the Best for Pets
You might think that flying with your dog is the quickest and least stressful route when travelling, but you’re wrong. A cargo hold is not a nice place to be for your dog and it can be dangerous. It’s very scary, loud, and potentially fatal. The only reason you should fly with your dog is when you have no other choice; such as a relocation to a new city and you can’t drive them. As a last resort should be your mindset.
You’ve Arrived – Now What?
Same as children, dogs like routine. So try to create a routine right away that includes things your dog is used to already. Make sure they get the same food they eat at home, play time, sleep time, and most importantly plenty of fresh, clean water at all times. The last thing you need if for your dog to get sick because they literally feel like a fish out of the water. Be wary that you are visiting as a guest and that both you and your dog need to be on your best behavior. Help make that easy for your dog by making him a happy camper and you’re going to have the vacation of a lifetime.
Be prepared just in case you have an emergency with your dog. Before you leave, get a few contacts from your vet and directions on how to get there if you have a medical emergency. More often than not you won’t ever need them, but just in case you have them. Bringing your dog along on your travels can be truly amazing if you use your noggin and make a plan. You might be able to wing it when you’re hitting the road, but that’s not a wise-owl move with your dog.