Vacations and traveling are the best when you are with your family! Our pets are like family and we would like to take them everywhere. Family vacations are supposed to be the whole family, right?! So don’t leave your pup behind! Vacationing with your dogs can be an amazing bonding experience. Whether you are flying or driving, bring your pet on your next getaway with these simple tips!
Traveling with your dog takes some planning, patience, and ability to change plans if necessary. You will have to keep in mind where you stay, how often you stop for potty breaks, and that you have everything you need.
Tip One: Veterinary Checkup
Before heading out for your trip, it is best to take your dog to the vet for a checkup. You need to be sure that they are up for it, in good health, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Your dog may also get anxious the longer the flight or car ride and the vet can help with that! As well as make sure your dogs tags and microchip is up-to-date. Don’t forget to locate a veterinary clinic near your travel destination.
Tip Two: Car or Plane
Depending on your destination, you may want to either drive or fly. When driving, it is important to make sure your dog is comfortable and safe along the trip. Larger vehicles are preferred by having your dogs safe in the back seat and more room. Riding in the front can be dangerous due to airbags; they are designed for humans not pets. Whether you decide to have your dog in the front or back, always have a dog seatbelt harness or car seat dog carrier for their safety. You can use the child car seat anchors for different types of attachments to keep your dog safe. Most importantly take plenty of breaks!!
If you are flying to your destination, please check with your airline before booking. Some flights have breed restrictions and health regulations when flying with your pet. Some airlines may require a health certificate to be issued 7-10 days before to travel by your veterinarian. Try to choose a direct flight over multiple stops so your dog can take potty breaks and relieve any travel stress. And lastly do not feed your pet for at least four hours before the flight to reduce possible flight sickness. The most important factor is making sure you are following all instructions per your airline you are taking to ensure your dogs safety.
Tip Three: Packing all your dogs things
Yes, your dog needs a travel bag too! You need to pack plenty of their food, plenty of bottled water, toys, leashes, harnesses, collars, their travel bowls, and bed. Take their same brand food and water bottles or tap water from home; water and food varies from city to city so you don’t want to make them sick by different food or contaminated water. Always carry extra of what your dog normally has, in case something is lost or broken along the duration of the trip as well as potty pads just in case. Bring medical records, medications, and identification for emergency. For small breeds, you can take a Ruffit Dog Carrier for when your pup gets tired on hikes or you are in a crowed area you prefer you dog not to walk in. Bring your dogs bed for somewhere for them to sleep at the place you plan to stay, even if they sleep with you!
Tip Four: Dog-Friendly Lodging
Don’t just assume the hotel, rental, or campground will allow pets. Make sure to check the place you are thinking about staying for allowing pets. Some even charge fees for pets, have breed restrictions, and limit to amounts of pets per room. It is always a good idea to have an extra containment option with you for safety reasons; Soft Crates are a very easy and portable option. Don’t forget the potty pads and potty pick up bags!
Tip Five: Overall Safety
Your dog is going to be just as excited as you to be on vacation in a new place. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash because new smells might mean not listening to “come here”! Dogs learn and explore with their nose in new surroundings. Keep an eye on what your dog is sniffing, or possibly eating off the ground! It could be food your dog cannot have or an critter that could be poisonous. Always have water, food, and potty bags with you. And don’t ever leave your pet in a hot car!! Plan to visit places that have an outdoor patio that allows dogs, if dogs are not allowed inside.
Most importantly, have fun and it’ll be a great, safe, and memorable trip for you and your dog.
Don’t leave your best friend behind!