Dogs and Travelling

So what's better than going on vacation? Going on vacation and taking your dog with you! In order to have the most fun when travelling with your dog, there are a few things you should take care of ahead of time.

One of the most important things to do before travelling with your dog is to make sure he/she is up to date on all his vaccinations. If you're travelling internationally, you may have to obtain a certificate of health from your veterinarian. For trips that are closer to home, it's still a great idea to make sure your dog is protected from any diseases you may encounter along the way.

Before it's time to step on to a cruise ship for a few days or climb on to a plane for a few hours, you should make sure your dog is accustomed to his/her travel crate or bag. If your dog feels at home in his/her crate or bag, he should have no trouble adjusting to his travelling circumstances, no matter what they are. If you're lucky, he'll curl up and fall asleep for most of the ride.

Decide in advance what items your dog will need for the trip. Some basic things you should have with you when travelling with your dog, include food, water, a collar, his leash, some treats, a pooper scooper, and a small first aid kit. It's also a great idea to bring a picture of your pup, in case he/she gets lost.

During your trip, it's very important that your dog gets the opportunity to relieve himself whenever possible. He/she shouldn't be deprived of water or food. Be respectful of other people and places by cleaning up after your dog and keeping him/her leashed.

If you're travelling in a car in the summertime, make every effort to never leave your dog in the car. If you must leave him/her there for a short period time, make sure the windows are open to provide some ventilation. Once you're on the move again, either close the windows or keep your dog in his/her crate to prevent possible injury to his eyes or ears.
By preparing yourself and your dog ahead of time, taking a vacation together can go off without a hitch. And don't forget to have fun with your dog and enjoy the time together!