Traveling With Your Dog – Essential Tips
Traveling is something that people like to do! That’s just a fact! And now with the holiday season upon us, everyone’s going somewhere – sometimes multiple somewheres. And, well, some of those travelers like to bring their dogs along. If you’re one of them, we’ve put together some tips on how to travel with your dog in the best and healthiest way for both of you. Check them out and let us know what your travel routine is when it comes to bringing your dog along!
First of all, if your dog is sick you should not travel with them. Consider finding a dog sitter or a place for your pup to stay where they’re comfortable while you’re away. If you start to notice that your dog might be getting sick or too old to travel, a trip to the vet might be in order anyway.
When you’re in the car, make sure your dog has plenty of water available to them. Stop frequently to let them sip on some agua! The best type of water to have on hand is either filtered or the usual water your dog drinks at home – their digestive systems are kind of fragile and so water they are used to is the best for them.
Whether you’re someone who travels with their dog in the car or in a crate, you want to make sure they’re safe. If your dog is in a crate when traveling, make sure that crate is large enough for your dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and lie down in. If your dog is in the car with you, consider a harness tie-down so that your dog doesn’t get jolted around or injured by walking around. Don’t roll the windows down too much; letting your dog stick their head out can cause particles like dust, debris, and road salt get into their ears and eyes and cause injury.
Finally, stop often! I know we mentioned it above, but your dog needs frequent drink and potty breaks, as well as exercise (especially on longer trips), and it never hurts for a human to get a little stretch time in either. Plan accordingly for these stops and you’ll be fine!