Traveling Tips

For most people, pets aren’t just companions, they’re members of the family. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to bring their pets with them when they travel.

It seems that a lot more hotels and vacation spots have become pet friendly. So, you are more likely to find hotels opening their doors to our furry companions and other travel benefits being extended to our furry companions.

If you want your pet to join you on your travel adventures consider some important tips to help keep you and your pet safe and happy.

Be realistic about your pet’s suitability for travel.  For some pets, travel just isn’t fun. Put your emotions aside and decide what’s best for your pet.

Just like us, your pet should be restrained for safe car travel; this is for their safety and yours. A loose pet may cause an accident by distracting the driver, or get hurt if you make a short stop or have an accident. Many dogs like to ride with their head out the window. But, this isn’t a good idea since your pet can be injured by debris flying into their eyes. One of the best options is a secured crate because if you get your pet used to resting in it in your home it means they have a familiar and secure place to rest in the car. You can also use a harness or booster seat which will also help keep your pet safer and less likely to be anxiously pacing in the backseat.

Some pets get pretty nervous and even carsick while traveling. For most pets the only time they’re in the car is to make visits to the veterinarian or groomer. So, they may not consider it a great place to be. You can help to avoid this if you take your pet for short trips to what they consider a fun destination, such as a visit to the park of a friend’s house. It’s generally best not to feed them for a couple of hours before the trip.  If motion sickness is a problem, let us know.  There are some great medications to help prevent it.

Also, be sure your pet is microchipped or is wearing up to date ID tags, just in case he or she gets lost while traveling and be sure to pack for your pet: Bring clean up supplies, a towel or bed for your pet to rest on in hotels, food and water, a pet first aid kit, and lots and lots of toys to keep them busy and well behaved.

Aside from safely restraining your pet, one of the most important things about pet travel is to make sure you never leave your pet unsupervised in the car. He’s susceptible to heat stroke (even if it isn’t that hot outside and if the car windows open), and to being stolen.

Packing for Your Pet::
– Identification & health records
– Leash & collar with ID tags
– Health & vaccination records
– Current photo, in case your dog gets lost
– Attach a bell to the collar
– Food & Water
– Bowls
– Pet food
– Water from home if your dog has a sensitive stomach
– Clean-up stuff
– Plastic bags
– Lint & hair remover
– Room deodorizer
– Baby wipes
– Towel or bed to sleep on–something from home
– Grooming tools
– Toys– Any necessary medication for your dog
– Doggie first aid kit