Buckle up and let’s hit the road—and don’t forget to bring Fido! Traveling with your dog can be a fun way to spend the summer months. But are you prepared?
It’s true that your doggy can be a great road trip companion, but you also need to take some time to plan so that you can both have a fun, relaxing vacation. Lots can happen that can turn a summer holiday into a bummer howl-iday, so if you’re planning on traveling with your dog for a week or two in the coming months, here’s what you need to know!
Add Lodging and Vets to Your Research
No doubt you’ve already got all of your sightseeing planned down to the minute. Or maybe you’re taking a more relaxed, que sera sera approach to your vacation.
No matter which one fits your needs, you also have to make sure that your doggy’s needs are fulfilled, as well. So when you’re planning where to stop and what to do once you get to your destination, take some time to make sure that any hotels you plan to stay at allow dogs (and if they do, check that there are no size or breed restrictions that could cause a hiccup for your travels).
Doggies can also get sick when traveling to unfamiliar places, so researching the best vets close to your beach house or mountain cabin can come in handy if you need to get a checkup.
Stop at the Vet before Traveling with Your Dog
Speaking of veterinarians, scheduling a pre-travel vet appointment is always a good idea. In addition to ensuring that your doggy is fit for travel, you should also pick up copies of your dog’s health and immunization records. Some states (and other countries, if you plan to travel abroad) require proof of up-to-date shot, especially for rabies. You should also check with your vet if your destination poses any risks to your dog. For instance, if you plan to travel to New England, Lyme disease is a health risk you should be aware of, for yourself and your dog.
If you’re worried that your dog might get loose and run away while you’re on the road, you should also consider microchipping your pet.
Practice with Some Day Trips
Is your doggy a travel newbie? As the saying goes, practice makes paw-fect! Honing those socialization skills will make traveling with your dog more enjoyable for both of you. In the weeks leading up to your vacation, taking short day trips out of town can help your dog get used to being in the car. Go for walks while you’re out, in areas where there are lots of people if you plan to vacation somewhere crowds of people are common.
Traveling with your dog can be a rewarding experience. The bond that you have will grow stronger, you’ll both get some life experience—it really is a fun way to spend your summer vacation! However, we understand that it is not always possible to take your dog with you. Can’t take Fido with you on your trip this summer? We’d love to watch him for you! Contact us and ask about our boarding service!