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Pets can make travel very hard. When you’ve got an animal which relies on your care, you have to be careful to make sure they’re looked after while you’re gone. Usually, with dogs, this will be handled by a kennel service, making it a bit easier. But, should you even be using a service like this to look after your dog? Will they be happy there? Questions like this make the whole decision very hard to make. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the benefits of taking them with you and leaving them at home. So, now, you just have to book the flights.

 

Leaving your dog in a kennel is a great way to take away the stress of having them overseas with you. They will be looked after by professionals who complete this role on a daily basis, so you know that they will be treated well. And, companies like this often have their own medical professionals, too. So, if your dog gets hurt or is ill, they’ll have the best possible treatment. Along with this, having your dog kept safely at home will have a big impact on the stress you feel while away. Just knowing that your dog is cared for can be enough to have a huge impact on how you feel. Of course, a lot of people will be worried about having their dog left with strangers, though. And, this sort of concern is a very valid one if your dog is very clingy.

 

If you don’t want your dog in a kennel, you have little choice but to take it with you on the trip. Most modern airlines are happy to accommodate dogs, as long as you make the right efforts to let them know you’ll be bringing your furry friend. Taking your dog with you enables you to keep a close eye on them. They won’t get lonely because they’ll be with you. And, they will get to experience some of the greatest times in their life. Like humans, dogs like to travel. Seeing new things and enjoying new scents is all very exciting for a canine. So, taking them on a trip like this could make them very happy. But, of course, you should consider how fair it is to have them on a plane for several hours. And, whether or not you will be able to look after them properly while away.

 

For those that decide to take their dog with them, there will be a lot of work to do before you get there. And, you’ll still have some to do while you’re away. There are loads of companies out there which offer dog travel accessories to make this whole thing easier. For example, taking a collapsable water bowl to a hot country is a good idea. Otherwise, your dog might not get enough to drink. Along with this, you should also make sure that your dog has all of the relevant vaccines and other medical precautions before you leave.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of the trouble trying to travel with a dog can bring. Not a lot of people put this sort of thought into their travels. But, when you have a pet with you, you have to be extra careful.

Traveling With Your Dog

dog with suitcaseIf you’re a dog owner then you’ve probably taken a trip with your dog at one time or another. It’s safe to say that some dogs enjoy traveling more than others. Many dogs love to travel and will actually bring you their leash when they see you packing or climb in your suitcase. You may have a hard time going out the door without taking your dog with you! But some dogs are not as happy about traveling. They can get carsick, for example. Planning ahead can make your trip with your dog go as smoothly as possible.

Practice when your dog is a puppy

It’s a good idea to get your dog used to traveling in a vehicle when he’s a puppy. Some puppies never have any trouble in the car but some of them get nervous. They may get carsick which is just like motion sickness in humans. They can vomit or have a case of diarrhea – even if you take a drive around the block. If your puppy is prone to carsickness there are a couple of things you can do to help him get over it.

  • Try giving him some ginger snaps or a spoonful of honey before getting in the car. These old-time remedies will often help settle his stomach.
  • You can use one of the flower remedies made from flower essences that is said to help with carsickness. Many people say these remedies are effective if given to the puppy or dog shortly before you go for a drive.
  • Spend some time playing with your puppy in the vehicle when it’s not moving. Let your puppy get used to the car as a fun place so he won’t feel nervous when you start to take him somewhere.
  • Try lowering the window so he gets some fresh air when you take him for a drive.
  • Take your puppy on short drives to help him get used to the motion of the vehicle – although some puppies can get sick even on a very short trip.
  • Use a crate for your puppy or dog. A crate not only protects your puppy or dog in case of an accident but it also minimizes the motion of the vehicle. Your puppy won’t be rocking from side to side every time you make a turn. Plus, if your puppy does get sick, it’s easier to clean the crate than your upholstery.
  • Provide your puppy with some toys and safe chews to keep him distracted while you drive.
  • Be sure to praise your puppy and offer him a treat when you stop the car. Let him know that taking a ride is fun.

 

Even if these strategies don’t help your puppy, most puppies do outgrow carsickness eventually, though they might not ever be thrilled about car rides.

Longer trips

If you are planning on taking a longer car trip with your dog, there are some things you should think about ahead of time. Most states require a health certificate for dogs crossing state lines. You might not ever be asked to show it, but you could be, especially if you are stopped by police for any reason. A health certificate is usually good for 30 days and can be obtained from your veterinarian. It will state that your dog is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations and is considered to be in good health. You should also be sure to have your dog’s rabies certificate with you (or a copy of it).

Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with his rabies tag and his other license tags. Your dog should also have a collar or tag with identification information such as your name and a contact phone number in case your dog escapes from the car while you are traveling.

If your dog should get loose while you are traveling, it’s easier for him to be returned to you if he is microchipped. Your vet can insert the microchip – which lets people contact an organization that can get in touch with you – for a small fee. You have to make sure that you keep the contact information up-to-date so if your phone number or address changes, you need to inform the organization that keeps track of your dog’s microchip.

If your dog takes any kind of special medication, make sure you take it with you on your trip. You will also want to take your dog’s food, feed bowls, bed, and special toys. Some people like to take some water from home to avoid upsetting their dog’s stomach. Or you can use distilled water or buy some bottled water for your dog.

Again, when you are taking a longer trip with your dog, it’s best if you use a crate so your dog will be safe in case of an accident.

With a little planning you and your dog can have a great time wherever you travel. Happy trails!

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Three Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

The summer vacation season is upon us, and there are millions of pet owners in the country who are looking for ways to care for their pet when they’re on vacation.  Some people choose to put their dogs and cats in kennels when they’re away, but there are plenty of others who choose to include their pets in their vacation fun.  A lot of dog owners are torn over whether or not they should bring their four legged friend on their vacation. Some blue pitbull puppies, full grown golden retrievers, and other dog breeds all react to travel differently, and every owner wants to make sure that their dogs are safe and happy when they travel.  If you’re planning on having your dog participate in your next vacation, try following a few of these tips to ensure that you and your pooch stay happy when you travel.

Check with Airlines/Trains about Travel Specifications

The pet carrier you just purchased may be cute and comfortable, but if you want to use it to travel by train or by plane you need to make sure that its use is recommended and approved by the airline and/or train company.  There are hundreds of pet owners who make the mistake of buying dog carriers that don’t meet the specifications for travel, and if you don’t have the right carrier you won’t be allowed to board.  There are carriers that are certified for travel, but the only way to ensure that the carrier you get will be okay for travel is to contact the travel company.

Go to the Vet

It’s always a good idea to bring your pet to the vet before you take them on any major trips.  Most pet owners don’t realize that dogs need certain certifications to ensure that they’re okay to fly.  Most airlines will require a health certificate from your vet that states that it’s healthy enough to travel, and proof that they’ve been recently vaccinated for rabies.  Be sure to talk to your vet if you’re traveling to Canada, Mexico, or anywhere abroad.  Some airlines and countries may require your pet to undergo a quarantined period once they arrive.

Pack

Your pet may appreciate having some familiar objects when they’re traveling, so be sure to pack some of their favorite toys when you travel.  It’s also advised that you pack pet food for your trip and don’t purchase it when you arrive.  You don’t know if local stores will carry your dog’s favorite brand, and some food standards may change if you’re traveling abroad.  Pet owners should also bring some bottled water for their dogs; you never know what the water quality will be like where you’re staying.

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Tony is an avid travel enthusiast and likes to share some tips that he has learned.