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Travel Tips for the Summer Getaways with your Pup

  • Now that Covid restrictions have been relaxed in most areas, many people are planning summer getaways. If you plan on taking your dog along on vacation, a weekend getaway, or just a pleasant road trip, here are a few tips to make your life easier and the trip more enjoyable:

    • Bring food and water from home. The last thing you want is digestive problems when you’re on the road. You might bring your pet’s regular dishes, or there are convenient travel dishes available at many pet supply stores.
    • Attach name tags to your pet’s collar. If your pet already has a name tag, make sure the information is up-to-date and readable. It’s always a good idea to get your pup chipped.
    • Pack a lead and tie out. For your pet’s safety when traveling, attach the lead before you open the door for him/ her to get out. Having an extra one is also a good idea!
    • Bring toys. To keep your pet from becoming bored, be sure to bring his favorite toys. It will help a great deal to keep him occupied by having balls to fetch outside and chew toys for the car ride.
    • Pack a first aid kit for your pet. It will save time and reduce anxiety if you have items that you need in case of an emergency.
    • Provide plenty of exercise before you leave and at stops along the way. This will help your pet relax and enjoy the trip, and it’ll do the same for the humans that are traveling!
    • Clean up after your pet. To keep the great outdoors great and out of consideration for other travelers, make sure you have a supply of waste bags easily available when you need them.
    • Pets travel more easily on an empty stomach. Car sickness is more likely if your pet has a full stomach. If the trip is long, feed smaller amounts than normal at least two hours before you leave, with very small, easily digestible snacks during rest stops.
    • Restrain your pet during travel. The safest way for you to travel with your pet is to use a pet harness, pet seat, wire crate or other similar comfortable device. When using a crate or other restraint, be sure to include a favorite pillow or blanket for comfort.
    • Bring your pet’s health record and vaccination record with you. Be sure to include the rabies certificate and keep all paperwork secure in a designated place.
    • Bring any medications your pet is taking. Be sure to bring an ample supply in case your trip is inadvertently lengthened for any unforeseen reason.
    • NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A HOT CAR! Even if you park in the shade. Pets are unable to control body temperature as efficiently as humans and just a few minutes in a hot car can cause irreversible damage or death. To keep your pet cool on the road, consider a car window shade or other similar devices for a cool, safe, refreshing journey.
    • Find a dog park if possible. Once you’re at your destination, find out if there’s a dog park nearby. It will give your pup some good off-leash running time to expend some of that pent-up energy.
      • Safe and Happy Travels!
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