Summer time means vacation time and fun. But, before you grab your fur baby and head for a road trip adventure, make sure you prepare with these ten tips!
1. Please contact your veterinarian.
If your dog hasn't had a check-up in a while, now is the time to bring him in. Ensure that your dog is up to date on vaccines, and inquire about any additional immunizations that may be required for the trip, as your dog may face different hazards, such as Lyme disease, at your destination or along the road.
Also, just in case your travel is delayed, grab a copy of your dog's medical records and extra medications. Also, program your phone with contact information for a 24/7 emergency canine vet at your destination, including the address.
2. Make a route plan.
You should make sure that your timetable allows for regular breaks. Your dog needs to be able to relieve himself as well as walk around and explore the new area for his physical comfort and happiness.
Every 4 hours, take a 15 to 30 minute rest. Plan stops in locations with pet-friendly attractions, even if it's simply a lovely dog park, to make long drives more enjoyable for both of you.
3. Request a Weather Forecast
This can help you better prepare for things like rain, which can cause delays in your travel, as well as natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. When preparing for your dog, keep the weather in mind as well. You may need to bring some clothing for her as well if it's colder than she's used to.
4. Reservations for Pet-Friendly Hotels
Now that you've planned your trip, it's time to think about where you'll stay. Pets are not allowed in all hotels, and even camping has its own set of rules. This may need contacting individual hotels ahead of time to inquire about their pet policies, which may include breed limitations, prohibitions, and costs.
This information will be posted on the websites of some pet-friendly hotel chains, such as Best Western.
5. Make arrangements for your dog's care when you arrive at your destination.
You should choose a day care or boarding service if you are attending an event, such as a wedding or graduation, which will require you to be away from your dog for an extended period of time while you are at your destination. Don't forget to keep an eye on your dog. Because your dog may be more anxious in an unknown place than at home, you should make sure he's being looked after by professionals. Ask your friends and family for recommendations for dog care if you have any at your location.
6. Pack a Bag for Your Canine Companion
Separating them from your belongings will make it easier for you to find them when you need them throughout the travel. When packing, keep in mind all of the sites you'll visit along the journey. You may require the following items:
Food and a bowl of food
Water, a bottle of water, and a bowl
Chewing and fetching toys
Clothing that is protective
Insect repellant and sunscreen for dogs
Googles for water
Tow blanket and dog
Brush and shampoo your hair
Tick remover and flea comb
Bags for poo
7. Check to see if your dog's identification is current.
If your dog becomes separated from you during your journey, you'll want to find him as soon as possible. This could be challenging if the phone number on his tag is your home phone number. Make a special ID for the trip that includes not just your cell phone number but also the emergency phone number of a friend or family member who lives nearby.
8. Get Your Dog Ready for the Journey
Because many dogs become car sick, it's better to feed them a few hours before you get in the car. Take a lovely, long walk before you leave, so she'll be ready to rest and relax for the journey.
9. Maintain a Regular Schedule
When you arrive at your destination, feed and walk your dog as you would at home. Increase the walk duration if possible to help him get rid of the trip's added excitement and tension.
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