Traveling With Fido

Spring has arrived leading many people to begin planning their vacations.  More and more people are choosing to take their dogs along.  If that's you then here are some travel tips to remember:
  • Keep your dogssafe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier making sure it’s largeenough for your dog to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in.  Always secure the crate so it won’t slide orshift in the event of a quick stop.  Kirbyhas a dog car seat secured in the back seat.  Hecan look out the windows or curl up and take a nap.
  • Get your dog usedto a long trip by taking him on short drives then gradually lengthening thetime spent in the car.  Kirby hasadjusted to long trips and lets us know when he needs to make a pit stop.
  • Feed your dog alight meal three to four hours prior to departure.  Feeding him in a moving vehicle can causetummy upset.  Kirby has never gotten sickin the car but there are times we can tell he is feeling dizzy.
  • Never leave yourdog alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a carcan become a furnace in no time which can cause heatstroke.  In cold weather, a car can become arefrigerator causing the dog to freeze to death.
  • Don't let your dogride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects.
  • Make sure yourdog has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag listingyour cell phone number and home address. It's a good idea to purchase a temporary tag with your destination phonenumber and any other relevant contact information.
  • Pack a pettravel kit with travel papers such as vaccination records, food, bowl, leash, poopbags, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit.  Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your dog a sense of familiarity.  I have alittle book I keep in my purse which contains all of Kirby’s important medicalinformation along with a picture and copy of his current vaccination record.
  • It's a good ideato carry bottled water since drinking water from an area your pet isn't used tocould result in tummy upset.  Kirby likesice cold water so we usually purchase bottled water during pit stops.
  • Plan ahead when booking your hotel reservations to make sure they accept pets.  Know in advance any required pet fees or size limits.  It's a good idea to pack a collapsible crate to safely contain your dog in the event there isn't a nearby doggie day camp forcing you to leave him in the room when you visit places or activities that don't allow dogs.
With proper planning and preparedness you can have a fun and safe vacation with your dog!