Travels always provide opportunities to bond with your dog. Going out on vacation without your pup may make your trip boring. Moving your family pets around requires additional planning and preparation to accommodate them. For this reason, it is understandable that it may not be possible to carry them with you each time. But in case you opt to bring them on board, here are five things you should know about traveling with your dog:
- Keep Their Heads Inside the Car
Letting your dog stick his head out of the car endangers his life. He could get hit by flying objects or cars driving by too close. Additionally, your fur baby may fall sick as a result of the exposure to the cold. Your dog may also distract you as you drive, risking both your lives. Therefore, you need to keep your dog in his crate, carrier, or with a harness connected to a seat buckle. Whatever item you choose, it should help keep your pup comfortable during a move, enabling him to stand, sit, lie, or turn around.
- Always Carry Your Pet Kit
It is common for pets to get injured. What’s worse, it may happen when on vacation. Carrying your kit enables you to perform first aid on your dog as you wait for a veterinarian to treat her. Your pet kit should have travel papers, a waste scoop, food, bowl, grooming tools, her favorite toy, medicine, and a first aid kit.
- Have a Unique Identifier for Your Pet
As you travel with your dog to unfamiliar places, he may get lost and cause you discomfort. If he has a tag on or an implanted microchip, finding him would be a lot easier. On the tag, include your updated address and contact information, including the destination phone number.
- Never Leave Your Dog Alone in a Car
Abandoning your precious fur baby even for a few minutes may cost you her life. If you have to get out, let her accompany you. She, too, may need to stretch her legs after a long drive. Leaving your dog inside the car may make her experience excessive panting which could be a sign that results in heatstroke. The heat could be too much for her to handle. DON’T CHANCE IT!
- Take Your Dog for Checkup Before You Travel
Visiting your dog’s veterinarian helps you understand any illnesses or diseases that he could have. It is essential to have a health certificate recently signed by a veterinarian, especially because it may be compulsory if you want to travel and stay with your dog. Be sure to vaccinate him against rabies. Additionally, your dog’s vet may assist you in implanting the tracking microchip. This chip is becoming a requirement in more countries each day, so having it ready will rid you of inconveniences.
Enjoy the Trip
To make your pup comfortable during a move, you need to consider their safety and comfort throughout the travel. Remember to hydrate them whenever possible. Keep them engaged with their favorite toys as you drive or fly!