Now that summer is underway, many dog owners will make vacation plans that include the family pet. Regardless of whether you’re traveling by car, plane or train, there are some helpful tips that you can follow to ensure a safe and successful trip for you and your furry friend.
If You Need Me Just Call… When you make the decision to travel with your dog, it’s important that you have all the supplies that you need to take care of your pet while you’re away from home. One of the most important things that you’ll need to do is to make sure that your pet is wearing a collar along with an identification tag that contains your home phone number, cell phone number as well as the contact information at your destination. Having this information available will increase the likelihood that your dog will be returned to you in case he or she escapes. If you have time, you might want to look into getting your pet micro chipped at your local veterinarian’s office.
Home Away From Home Once you’ve gotten that small but important detail out of the way, its time to choose the proper carrier for your dog. It’s essential that you have the right carrier for your mode of travel so that your dog will have a comfortable trip. Carriers are made of both hard materials such as plastic and soft materials such as fabric. Hard-sided carriers are ideal if you’re traveling by air and plan on checking your pet in. While a soft-sided dog carrier is a great and also stylish choice to transport our dog in the cabin, by train or by car. With your carrier selected, spend at least a week making sure that you’re pet is accustomed to it before you start your trip. This will allow your pet to feel safe and secure in a new environment.
Be Prepared One of the key components of safely traveling with your pet is being prepared. Before you embark on your trip, you should pick up a copy of your dogs medical and vaccination records for your pet. And, if you’re pet is currently taking any medication, be sure to bring an ample supply. I also recommend bringing along a first aid kit that contains products specifically for dogs in case of emergency.
Creature Comforts Keep your pet comfortable during the trip by making sure that you have an ample supply of food and water available. During the summer months, it’s even more important that you keep your dog properly hydrated. In addition to food and water, it’s also a good idea to bring along your dog’s favorite blanket or toy. Having a familiar item available will be of a great comfort to them.
In the rush and excitement it may be difficult to remember what items you need to bring along. Below you’ll find a handy checklist that details all of the items that you’ll need to make your trip successful.
Nicole Matthias is the owner of PuppyLovePetStore.com an online dog boutique that features dog clothes, furniture and accessories. For more information on products and advice that can help you pamper your pet visit http://www.puppylovepetstore.com