Traveling with Your Pet
Traveling with your dog can be a fantastic experience. In addition to avoiding the emotional stress often experienced by pets when left alone, traveling presents an opportunity to make invaluable memories and build a stronger bond with your animal.
However, before embarking on your trip, you must take certain precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of your dog. The following steps will enable you to enjoy your vacation with your pet to the fullest.
Scope Out Your Destination
As you plan your trip, you should familiarize yourself with the area in which you will be vacationing. This will allow you to quickly and easily locate certain facilities that your dog may need.
First of all, you should carefully review your accommodations' pet restrictions. Even if the facilities claim to be pet-friendly, most hotels and resorts enforce strict regulations regarding the size of permitted pets, the areas in which they are allowed to roam, and more. You should ensure that your accommodations' rules regarding such matters are suitable for your dog's personal needs.
This is a crucial step even if you are embarking on an outdoors trip. Many camping grounds, beaches, and hiking hubs either disallow dogs on the premises or highly regulate their presence. Furthermore, familiarizing yourself with the terrain will enable you to select appropriate supplies for your dog's needs. For example, you might have to bring an extra sleeping bag for your dog if you will be camping in a chilly area. If you plan to hike in dry conditions, you might need to bring a dog pack so that your pooch can carry extra water.
Your dog's safety is your first priority. Traveling with a pet always poses certain risks, but with appropriate precautions, you can prepare yourself to handle any emergency situation.
No matter where you go, you should always pack safety gear when traveling with your pet. This includes a first-aid kit, a secure leash and collar, and any medications that a veterinarian has prescribed to your pet. Possessing proper safety gear will allow you to immediately attend to any injuries or dire situations.
Of course, should something happen to your dog, you should contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. Research the names of local veterinarians before you embark on your trip, and make note of the doctors' contact information. This will allow you to swiftly obtain help for your dog if he or she should need it.
Finally, it is crucial that you provide your dog with proper identification. Be sure to either microchip your animal or add an ID tag to its collar. Should your pet become lost, this information will be essential in helping your dog to find his or her way back to you.
Keeping Your Pet Entertained
While you will delight in your dog's presence during your trip, you will likely want to engage in some activities that do not permit pets. You should ensure that your dog will be kept occupied while you are busy somewhere else.
Some dogs will be completely appeased with a few toys from home. You should pack your dog's favorite toys to both provide him or her with entertainment and create a sense of familiarity. If you only plan to leave your dog alone for short periods of time, these toys should be sufficient in absorbing your pet's attention.
An ideal alternative would be to leave your pet in the company of friends, family, or professional dog-sitters. This prevents your dog from becoming lonely and ensures that he or she always receives optimal care.
Laruen Colman serves as the digital marketer for the dog boarding and dog sitting community at Rover.com and is a true dog lover at heart. Lauren spends her days at the office with her dogs Squish and Brando by her side. For more dog tips, you can follow Rover.com on Twitter @roverdotcom or on their blog, Dog Boarding News .