Hitting the road for the Holidays? Don’t leave your puppy behind. Dogs can make great travel buddies if their needs are properly met. Of course, you will need to make the trip as safe and comfortable as possible for both you and your fluffy passenger. Here are a few Pet Care tips from Angels’ Eyes on how to take your pup while traveling.
Before the Trip
First, make sure your destination and hotel are pet-friendly. Call ahead to confirm pet policies and ensure you and your dog will be welcome as well as comfortable. Pack food and water bowls, doggie beds and toys. Double check that you’ve packed all of your dog’s supplies, especially essential items such as food, medications, and leashes. It’s also wise to bring along your dog’s vaccination records just in case.
It’s always a good idea to take your dog to the vet prior to your trip to ensure they’re in good health and fit to travel. Research local veterinarians in your destination city ahead of your trip so that contact information and directions will be easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
Driving may be the most convenient and cost friendly way to travel with your pet. Purchase a car seat or harness for your dog from your local pet store to ensure your pet’s safety as well as your own for the duration of the journey. It is important that your pet stays in their own seat, so they don’t interfere with your driving.
If you’ve never taken your dog on a long road trip, be sure to take him or her for a test drive of at least an hour to see how they react. If they become too anxious or show signs of stress you and your dog are likely better off with your pet staying home.
Plan ahead to anticipate breaks for your pet every few hours. Factor those stops into your route and leave yourself a little bit of extra time. Never feed your dog right before a road trip. Instead, feed them a few hours prior so they’ve had time to let it settle.
Not all carriers allow pets, but if you search around you can find a few that do. Buy your tickets and register your dog with your airline early, as many carriers have a maximum number of pets that can travel aboard any one flight. Also, make sure to check on crate or carrier dimensions and have as much identifying information as possible on both carrier and collar—including your home and destination addresses.
Take your dog for a relaxing walk before arriving at the terminal. Leave ample time for your travels so that you’re not stressed out—That feeling can easily transfer to your furry travel buddy. Don’t overdo it with snacks before the flight, as dogs can be prone to upset stomachs if they’re not used to flying. Avoid giving your dog medication to calm down, especially if they’re flying in cargo.
Now that you know how to take care of your pet on the road, you’ll have a happy companion throughout your holiday travels. For more Pet Care Tips, read more in the Angels’ Eyes blog. And to ensure that your furry friend looks their best, check out our award-winning products!