Summer is here and it’s time to think about vacations
And whether to not you like to go to the beach, mountains or a enjoy the spoils of a big city, there is always one little stowaway who has to be cared for so you might as well bring Fido along.
Health and Safety
The most important thing to do before you go on a trip with your dog is to bring him or her to the vet for their annual checkup and make sure all the vaccinations are current and take them with you if you are flying. Airlines require certifications of health nowadays.
Be prepared for emergencies by checking out the nearest 24-hour vet hospital and put it in your cell phone along with the number with your regular vet in case they have to communicate.
Food and Comfort
Bring a few water bottles just for the dog and a large gallon ziplock bag filled with dry dog food and another for rawhide and treats. Bring pup her own bag with a favorite toy or blanket just like you would for a toddler.
Avoid giving your dog food or water in a moving car, they might get car sick and you may end up having a mess on your hands, literally.
Schedule regular stops for water, treats, food and to pee. You should start with a little meal 2 or 3 hours before leaving.
Never leave your dog alone in the car, the inside temperature of a vehicle goes much higher than you would ever think and that is very dangerous for a small animal.
There are lots of dog-friendly airlines so before you book a flight, make sure dogs are allowed. Most charge a “pet fee” and only smaller dogs that can fit under the seats or less than 20 lbs can fly.
Each individual airline has strict pet policies so make sure you read them before you make a reservation or you may not get on that flight. If you don’t understand then call customer service for clarification.
Call ahead of time if your hotel accepts dogs, many do not or have restrictions.
If you do have a dog-friendly hotel try and keep your dog as quiet as possible if he or she is a barker or yelper.
Don’t ever leave him or her unattended. Ask the front desk where you should “walk” your dog and have lots of bags so you don’t leave a mess behind.
Dog-proof the room before you let your dog run around and get power cords up out of the way and make sure there is nothing under the bed that someone may have left that could harm your dog.
Traveling with your dog can be stressful and nobody wants to be stressed on vacation but if you prepare properly and follow a few simple rules, it will ensure everyone will enjoy their time away from home.