5 Insider Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

5 Insider Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

5 Insider Tips for Traveling with Your Dog
Do you love to travel with your dog? Would you like to travel with your dog? Worried everything might go wrong and then what? You might be wondering how to make the trip an easier one on you and on your dog. Take a look at some helpful tips below, which will ensure a smoother and easier trip. By taking note of these tips, you can keep your dog comfy and cozy, and keep yourself stress free. Or at least cut down on the stress considerably.

1. Visit pet friendly locations.
Do a simple Google search for pet friendly places to visit in the state or city you will be traveling to. Find out where the local dog park or local open space is that you and your dog can enjoy a nice walk. You will find tons of advice on pet friendly locations that will not only be welcoming of you, but of your dog too. Call the hotel you will be staying at ahead of time to let them know you will be bringing your dog with you. Many places say they are pet friendly until you show up with a Labrador or a Golden Retriever and not a purse dog. Find out the rules and regulations and check if they know where the local dog park is and if there is space for you to walk your dog around the hotel / motel.

2. Pack comforts of home.
Don’t forget to pack comforts of home such as your dog’s favorite treats and blanket. Pack sheets to throw over the bedspread and other furniture in the room so that you only leave fur on the floor where it can be vacuumed away. This way no matter where you go they will feel some familiarity. It is also good to bring the brand of food they are use to, medications, and even their pet bed if possible. Some people will even travel with their own bottled water or buy it at the destination so that their dog does not get an upset stomach. IF you can’t bring your own food with you and don’t have access to a car order Chinese. Order your dog steamed white rice and either steamed chicken or beef with vegetables. Hold the sauce. Feed them in the bathroom for easier clean up and your dog will think they are having a party!

3. Talk to your vet.
Talk to your vet before traveling. You want to be sure your dog is up for the trip. You can also get medications to help with car sickness or anxiety. Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and ensure that they don’t need anything special for the area they are traveling. This is especially important if you think your pet might be enjoying a swim in a lake, pond, stream , or beach parasites lurk in water and your vet can help you make educated decisions about what to allow and not allow.

4. Do your research.
When taking a trip, research places to take your dog if an emergency arrives. Know where the closest vet is, and be sure to jot down their address and phone number for easy reference. Staying for two weeks or more? Have your vet fax your records to the local vet so that they know you are int he area and have your records in case of emergency.

5. Remember to relax.
Don’t rush your trip. Relax, unwind, and have fun. If you do, chances are your dog will too! Plus the more relaxed you are the more relaxed your dog will be too!

What tips do you have for someone traveling with their dog for the first time?

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  1. We love traveling with our dog Haley and it’s so much easier than some people realize. There are a lot more dog friendly hotels and restaurants than there used to be and while on the road, we use smartphone apps like ‘BringFido’ to easily look up places to eat and stay while on the road. If you plan on stopping at a fast food restaurant, we found it’s easier to get a large water for the dog (and keep it in a drink holder) than to have a covered bowl sloshing around (if your dog will drink out of a cup). Can’t wait to hit the road again soon!
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  2. Remember to have your vet scan your dogs microchip and be sure the information is up to date. If your dog doesn’t have a microchip, get one! Also remember that a microchip doesn’t make up for having ID tags for traveling too. I always have my mobile number plus a land line of family/friend I know will be available in case I don’t have reception. I also never leave home without a dog first aid kit: http://www.cascadiannomads.com/pet-adventure-blog/kit-updating-our-perfectly-complete-do-it-yourself-pet-first-aid-kit
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