With summer right around the corner, we are starting to plan vacations.  Many people like to travel with their dogs instead of leaving them at home.  You can travel with your dog and have a great trip with a little bit of planning.  To have a vacation with your four legged friend that is stress-free, there are a few things you need to pack.  They include:

  • Vaccination records
  • Dog Collar
  • Crate or Harness
  • Sturdy Leash
  • 2 Bowls
  • Medications
  • Dog’s blanket and a toy

An optional item to pack is masking tape.

Most importantly, you need to get a copy of your dog’s vaccination records and you need to make sure the records are up to date.  If you have to board your dog while you are on vacation or if your dog requires emergency care during the trip, you will need his records.

Make sure your dog has a collar that fits him just right.  Not too tight but not too loose.  You don’t want him to try to get away and slip out of his collar.  That could lead to a devastating vacation.  Make sure the collar has identification tags attached to it.  The identification tags should have your contact information on them.  It is also a good idea to take along masking tape to add a temporary contact number where you can be reached if that phone number isn’t on his tags.  You should also make sure your dog is microchipped.

If you are flying on your vacation, you need to get a crate that is properly labeled and that is airline approved.  You should also ask the airlines what papers you need to bring with you.

If your dog is riding in the car, determine where he will be riding.  A crate is the safest place for a dog to ride.  If you don’t have a crate, you can use a restraining harness with a seat belt attachment.  The harness will help keep your dog safe.

You should never let your dog ride in your car with his head sticking out the window and he should never ride in the bed of a truck.  Flying debris or sudden starts and stops can cause injuries to your dog.

You should stop frequently for bathroom breaks so your dog can get some exercise.  You should always clean up after your dog, which is the reason for the plastic bags!  Always offer your dog a bowl of fresh water when you stop.

Feed your dog when you arrive at  your destination or when you stop for the day.  Make sure you take your dog’s food with you and don’t change the type of food you feed him while you are traveling.  Feeding him familiar food will help keep his stomach at ease if he is stressed because of unfamiliar situations.

If your dog gets car sick, don’t feed him for three hours prior to leaving on your trip to help relieve carsickness.

When you arrive at your destination or when you stop for the day, take your dog on a short walk to let him relax and unwind.

Don’t forget to pack any medications that your dog needs.

Take your dog’s blanket and a favorite toy.  You don’t need to take a lot of toys, one or two will be enough.

And have a great vacation!


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