It’s natural to want to take your dog on the road with you for vacation. Sometimes it’s even a necessity. But how exactly should you travel with your dog? You know how stressful traveling can be for humans, and it’s just as stressful for pets. That’s why it’s prudent to know all the do’s and don’ts of traveling with your dog in order to promote animal wellness.
PetMD recommended getting your pet’s vaccinations updated before you embark on your trip. Some locations might even require documentation proving they’re updated. It’s a good idea to bring your dog in for a check-up before the trip, anyway.
Putting your dog in a crate is a great way to keep your dog safe and secure in the car. Many accidents can happen to your pet inside the car if he or she isn’t secured. It’s also a matter of safety for the driver and other passengers. If a dog gets anxious in the car and begins roaming the interior, the driver can become distracted, which is never good on the road.
The American Kennel Club suggested looking for a crate large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down. Ventilation on opposing sides of the crate will maximize your pet’s comfort as well.
Food and Water
Make sure you have enough food and water for the entirety of the trip, and choose food that your pet is familiar with. Digestive problems for your dog are the last thing you want inside the car during a roadtrip.
Collapsible bowls can be convenient pet supplies that allow you to hydrate your pet during a quick pit stop.
If you lose your pet during your trip, proper identification tags and information are vital for the dog’s return. On your dog’s collar, have detailed information, including your contact information, so anyone who finds him or her can return your pet immediately. It may be necessary to microchip your dog to keep track of where it is at all times and in case of emergencies.
Travel by plane
If you’re traveling by plane, you should check the airline’s pet policy, as it differs from company to company. All airlines require proof and health certifications of vaccinations. It’s also necessary to ensure that you get an airline-approved crate so your pet can fly with you and feel comfortable and relaxed at the same time.
All these preparations and requirements can seem daunting when considering whether or not to travel with pets on your next trip or vacation. Don’t let it stop you from bringing your dog along, though. Your pet will make your trip even more fun and relaxing. Travel can be stressful, and it’s not just owners who can calm their dogs down, but dogs who can calm their owners down, too.