Simple Ways to Make Traveling With Your Dog Easier
Traveling with your dog can be a fun experience for both of you.
And with an increasing number of hotels that accept dogs, traveling has
become much easier than it used to be. Dogs enjoy traveling and
exploring new places as much as we do but there are a few simple things
you can do to ensure you both get the best out of your trip without
running into any bumpy roads along the way.
1.Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are all up to day as many places may ask to see proof of vaccination before allowing your dog access. Your vet should be able to advise you of any extra shots your dog should take before traveling to a different place as well as check to see the status of your dog’s current vaccinations. The most important vaccination required throughout the United States and the rest of the world is the rabies vaccine so always make sure your dog is on schedule with this vaccination.
2.Put ID tags on your dog’s collar and make sure he’s wearing a collar at all times. You should always put ID tags on your dog when traveling even if he’s micro chipped because if he gets lost and someone finds him, they will not be able to use the microchip but ID tags will help them get him home. Make sure your name and contact numbers are on the tag as well as your veterinarian’s contact information.
3.Just as we can get sick from water in an unfamiliar destination, so can your dog so take some water when you travel or use bottled water for your dog. Drinking water they aren’t used to can cause stomach upsets in your dog and you can prevent this by bringing with you water your dog is used to.
4.Make sure you take some of your dog’s regular food along with you on your trip to avoid any intestinal problems. Some brands of food may be hard to find at the place you’re traveling to so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5.Keeping your dog in a crate while you’re on the road is much better and safer for the two of you than allowing him to ride lose. In the case of an accident he will be much safer in his crate than if he is sitting at the back. Dogs can be projected out of windows in accidents and keeping him in his crate will offer him more protection in the event of an accident. Keeping your dog confined in his crate will also prevent him from distracting you by jumping on your or around in the back seat. The crate should be big enough for the dog to sit comfortably in but not too large so that the dog will be jarred around in it.
Planning properly for your trip will make it less stressful and you and your dog will be able to enjoy your trip together without any unforeseen problems.