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Have Puppy, Will Travel

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Have Puppy, Will Travel

Boarding your pets at a reputable kennel is one option, but more people are choosing to take pets along on vacation. With some planning and preparation, this can be pleasant and rewarding for everyone.

Summer–time to get away for a refreshing change of pace. But what do you do with the fur kids? After all, they’re part of the family, too.

Boarding your pets at a reputable kennel is one option, but more people are choosing to take pets along on vacation. With some planning and preparation, this can be pleasant and rewarding for everyone.

Consider your animal’s health and personality. Some just don’t like car travel, while others might be too old or ill to enjoy it. If Fido leaps into the vehicle with enthusiasm and Whiskers settles down to sleep through the journey, they’ll enjoy being included.

Plan and Prepare

Research your destination and points along the way, looking for pet-friendly accommodation. Some establishments require that pets be crated when in rooms, or kept on leash at all times. Ask about damage deposits or extra charges for animals.

Before you go, check with your veterinarian about vaccinations. If you’ll be near any lakes or streams, giardia is a concern, as is Lyme disease if you’re travelling in tick country. If you’re going across an international border, you may need to produce a valid rabies certificate. Ask about medication to settle a queasy stomach if car sickness is a concern. Equip your pet with an ID tag that shows your contact information; a tattoo or microchip is also a good idea.

Departure Day

Pets are safer if kept in crates while the car’s moving. If that’s not possible, use an appropriately sized pet harness designed specifically for vehicle travel. Secure this with a seatbelt, allowing room for stretching and changing positions.

Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation, but don’t let your dog hang his head out of the window. Not only is he in danger of being hit by a passing car, he can sustain eye damage from wind, insects, or debris.

Make frequent rest stops along the way, at least every two hours. Offer water at each stop and fill a container with fresh water, in case your pet gets thirsty before the next stop. Park in shade whenever possible. Never, ever leave an animal in a vehicle parked in the sun; death from overheating can occur in minutes.

Before you let your pet out of the vehicle, leash him securely and keep a tight grip. A dog will want to jump out and explore the new territory, but a sudden noise or another eager dog could cause him to bolt. Run or walk with your pet; a stretch break helps the driver, too.

You’ve arrived safely at your destination, fur kid in tow. Let the vacation begin!

Fur Kids Packing List

Don’t forget these pet essentials:

  • water and a dish or collapsible bowl
  • enough food to last for the duration of your trip unless you’re sure you can find the same type along the way (if your pet is on a raw food diet, pack enough frozen meals in a cooler to last until you can purchase more)
  • a favorite blanket or pillow
  • chew toys or catnip
  • a litter box for a cat
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