For some pet owners, a trip is not a true family vacation unless the furry members of the family come along. However, traveling can be a stressful endeavor, both for you and your pets. If you’re planning to take a trip with your favorite pets here are a few tips to help, ensure that your next vacation is a safe and comfortable journey for everyone.
An important step to take before your trip, in fact a step everyone should take regardless of the destination, is to make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number and any relevant contact information. If it has been a while since your dog’s last check-up, take him in to visit his veterinarian. Make sure he is up-to-date for vaccinations, and check to see if additional vaccinations are required for the trip since your dog may encounter different threats, like Lyme disease at your destination. While you are at the office get a copy of your dog’s medical records and any extra medications, just in case your trip is delayed.
Since your dog will be spending hours in the car, it is very important to consider safety issues. The best way to travel is in a safety-certified, crash-tested crate. Not only will it keep it safe on his journey, it will also provide a comfortable, safe, and familiar place for your dog to sleep in at the hotel.
You will want to ensure that your schedule takes time for regular stops along your route. For his both his physical comfort and everyone’s happiness, your dog needs to have the opportunity to relieve himself walk around for a bit. Stretching your own legs is not such a bad idea as well. As a matter of fact, Viand’s Peanut Butter Flavor Treats, a larger, round cookie is sure to please any medium to large dog, and makes a welcome reward for sitting so long in the car. Made with simple, all natural, human-quality, ingredients that help boost your dog’s immune, digestive and circulatory systems and work to improve your dog’s overall health and appearance, they are made in the USA, in a certified human-grade bakery to ensure that only the best products go into each treat. No salt, sugar, preservatives, chemicals, dyes, or animal by-products are added. They are even baked crisp to help promote teeth cleaning and tarter control. With a long shelf life – 12 months you can have enough for the whole trip.
Do not forget that not all hotels accept pets. You may have to contact your hotel in advance to find out their pet policies, including breed restrictions, rules, and possible fees. If you are attending an event that will take you away from your dog for a period of time while you are at your destination, be sure to locate a day care or boarding service in the area. Do not leave your dog unattended in the hotel room – an unfamiliar environment can cause him undue anxiety so be sure he is being cared for by professionals. If you have friends and family at your destination, ask them for recommendations for dog care.
As you put together your own luggage, remember to pack a bag for your pet.
Separating his things from your will make them easier to access when you need them on the ride. Stop and consider all the places you will visit along the way when packing. Items you may need include: an all-natural food such as Viand Small Bite Dog Food , his own bowl, enough water along with a water bottle and bowl, some toys for chewing and fetching – you cannot go wrong with Katie's Bumpers Double Tug. Although not a chew toy, you can tug, fetch, play and float safely with your dog. It has double handles with soft grip, and no metal parts or squeakers. Be sure to remember his medications and favorite blanket, and your pet will travel safely and happily at your side.