With the holidays approaching, people all over the world are making plans to travel so they can celebrate this special time with their loved ones. When it comes to our canine buddies, many people prefer to bring Fido home with them, rather than use a kennel or pet sitter. In this article, your local vet Gresham goes over some basics of taking a holiday road trip with your furry pal.
We recommend dogs be crate trained. Even if you don’t plan to use Fido’s crate on a daily basis, there are certain times when having a crate-ready dog will definitely be beneficial. Traveling is definitely one of those times. Keeping your pup in a crate during travel is much safer, and will severely limit the chance of him bolting out of fear or excitement when faced with faced with strange places, faces, smells, and sounds. Fido will also have the comfort of his bedding and toys, which may help keep him calm.
Make sure to leave time to take Fido out for a long and vigorous walk before leaving. That way, your furry pal will be a bit tired, and more likely to doze off during the journey. Upon arriving at your destination, another long walk is in order. This time, the walk will help Fido get used to his new surroundings and begin to settle in.
Just like people, our furry pals can be susceptible to motion sickness. Be sure to take your pal on some test runs before embarking on a long journey with him. If your dog suffers from car sickness, you probably don’t want to feed him just before leaving, and you’ll want to make frequent dog-walking stops along the way.
Before taking your dog on a long trip, make sure his vaccines are all up to date. Microchipping is very strongly recommended, as it greatly increases the odds of getting your beloved dog back if he runs away in strange territory. Make sure Fido has proper ID tags, and add a clip on tag with the local information where you will be staying.
Make a list of everything you need to pack for your dog. Fido’s bedding, blanket, food, leash, toys, and a few snacks should all be ready to go. You’ll also want to bring copies of his vaccinations.
If your trip will take more than one day and will require an overnight stop, research pet friendly hotels along your route well in advance. Be sure to check their fees and policies as well!
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