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10 tips for travelling with your dog

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Have you ever tried to travel with a dog? It's not always easy, and sometimes the owner gets stuck in one place while the dog is free to roam anywhere. Dogs are wonderful companions, but they can also be harder to handle than people think. Try these ten tips if you're planning a trip with your pup!

Maintain your pet's comfort in a travel crate.

On extended car travels, you may be tempted to give your pet plenty of space, but keeping them in their place is usually best. When a dog is crate-trained, the crate becomes their safe space. It is also safer: an animal is considerably better off in a sturdy container than sliding around unrestrained in the backseat of a vehicle.

Do not fill the crate of your pet with toys.

Giving your pet plenty of toys to play with at home is a good idea, but long car rides are a different issue. Packing your pet's crate with their favorite toys leaves them very little space for themselves. If the box is overly full, it may be challenging for them to modify their position or move around. Yes, you want them to be comfortable, but also, you don't want to stuff that crate up.

Ensure you have the necessary documentation.

If you plan to travel with your pet, you will not get far without proper documentation. Numerous locations demand that new pets have a current health certificate certified by an accredited veterinarian. Before signing the documents, veterinarians will verify that your pet is in good health and has received all immunizations required by the recipient state or country. Contact the airline to determine if additional paperwork is needed to transfer your pet if you are traveling.

Make it easy to locate your pet if it becomes missing.

A strange area several miles from home is the worst place to lose a pet. Make sure they are easily accessible before travel, just in case the worst happens. The implantation of a microchip under the skin of your dog or cat will make them trackable no matter where they wander in the country. If you are unwilling to commit to this approach, at least ensure that the contact information on their tags is current; this will increase the likelihood that they will be returned to satisfy if they are lost.

Avoid eating on travel days.

No matter how accommodating you are to your pet; they will experience anxiety. Stress diarrhea is a typical symptom; the last thing pet owners want to deal with during a long car or plane travel. Even if your pet does not appear stressed before the journey, motion sickness can swiftly upset its stomach. Before the trip, it is advisable to feed them less than usual to prevent future incidents.

Hydrate your pet regularly.

Traveling pets can quickly become dehydrated if they do not have access to water consistently. Keep this in mind when traveling with your pet and bring more water. It is preferable to allow animals to self-regulate their water intake, maybe by attaching a bowl to the inside of their kennel, but if that is not possible, regularly stop so they can drink.

Maintain their attention with a toy.

If you can only bring one toy for your pet on a lengthy vacation, select an item that will keep them occupied for as long as possible. When your dog is engaged with retrieving the treat from the toy, it is more difficult for them to focus on other things, such as the stress of moving to a new location.

Don't leave your pet alone in a vehicle.

This is essential to remember when traveling with an animal, especially during the summer. They should not be left in a locked car. It takes roughly seven minutes for them to go into a lethal scenario. It makes no difference whether you crack a window or step out of your automobile for a few minutes. Dogs should never be left alone in a vehicle on a hot day. We must ensure that every pet owner is aware of this.

Select lodgings that are pet-friendly.

When reserving lodgings for your trip, keep this in mind. Many hotels offer pet-friendly amenities, such as doggie daycare, but it never hurts to phone and asks if a hotel doesn't publicize its pet policy.

Make your holiday destination comfortable.

Even if your pet's crate may not be the best place for their toys, you should still bring them along on vacation. When traveling to an unknown location, pets may feel more at ease if provided with everyday home items. Pack familiar items so that when they arrive at a new place, they feel more at ease, which reduces their anxiety. A similar relaxing effect can be achieved by packing their bed, bowl, and blanket in addition to their toys.

When it comes to traveling with your dog, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, always ensure your dog is well-behaved when traveling — no matter what destination you're going to. Secondly, pack enough food and water for your furry friend, as well as some toys and treats they will love. And finally, make sure to consult your veterinarian before leaving for your trip so that they can give you guidelines on how best to care for your pup while you're away. Thanks for reading our tips on traveling with your dog!


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