It’s vacation time and you may be thinking of hitting the road and heading to the beach this summer with your dog. But, before you both embark on a travel adventure in the middle of the dog days of summer, make sure that you are prepared for travel with your four legged friend.
If you have never traveled with your dog before just a little pre-planning can make the difference in complete misery or a totally enjoyable outing. Keep in mind that some dogs can suffer from anxiety or car sickness in the car. There are medications available to prevent this and you should make an appointment and check in with your vet prior to travel plans with Fido.
Make sure to bring fresh water from home and offer some to your dog at every pit stop. Your dog can dehydrate too during travel. Check the dog food quantity and make sure you have enough for the trip or at least know ahead of time where you will be able to purchase more. And, don’t forget those doggy cleanup bags to clean up after your dog on his bathroom breaks.
If you are planning an extended vacation where it will be necessary for overnight accommodations, make sure to have a list assembled prior to your trip, of pet friendly hotels. Some hotel chains will reliably accept dogs, while others may vary from state to state – and unless you plan to drive nonstop day and night everyone will need a place to catch up on some sleep!
While on the subject of being in the car, make sure that your dog is safe and secure. Please don’t drive with him in your lap or by your feet while driving because this could be a huge distraction. A good way to keep Fido secure in his seat is to use a doggy harness. It is a really great idea and it can be attached to a seatbelt to keep the whole family safe. If your dog will absolutely not accept being in a doggy car harness, then you should consider crating him in an appropriately sized crate in the vehicle- taking care to make sure that the crate itself is secure before placing your dog in it.
Make sure that you have preassembled a dog first aid kit because you never know when an unexpected accident can occur. Be sure that you have proper identification and contact information attached to your dog – this small action can be a life saver in the event of an emergency. My dogs are all micro chipped which gives me further peace of mind when we travel with them.
You should work with your dog prior to any car trips to be sure that your dog is desensitized to the car. It is a good start to begin with short trips around the block and to run some errands in temperature acceptable weather. By doing it in this manner, you can reward calm behavior and gradually increase the time your pet sits in a still car.
Don’t forget to pack your dog’s medical records including paperwork showing that he’s current on vaccines. When we travel, I always like to scout out a list of animal hospitals ahead of time and before arrival in the area where we will be staying. It gives me great peace of mind that in the unlikely event that an accident were to occur, I am prepared. Because, the last thing I would want to do is to have to rush to find a reliable veterinarian.
My Final Thoughts
Never, and I cannot emphasize this enough – NEVER leave your precious cargo in the car unattended summer temperatures may seem mild but inside your car temperatures can quickly skyrocket – it is always better to be safe than sorry – just don’t chance it!
I would love to hear your comments, feedback stories and ideas.
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