It is almost summer, and we all know what that means… Summer vacation! There is just one thing, and if you own a dog you understand, how heartbreaking can be to leave your dog behind, even for those few days you go for vacation. So this time, you decide to give your pet and yourself a treat and take it with you. If that is the case, here is a few things you need to have in mind.
You need to ensure a comfortable trip for your dog. Be sure he has enough space, maybe bring his favorite chew toy or some distractions. Bring enough food and water, so your dog is as comfortable as possible during the trip. Have in mind that some dogs can’t handle travel due to illness, old age, injury or just restless temper. If this is the case of your dog, consider looking for a dog sitter or look for any veterinarian facilities that offer this type of services.
In a worst case scenario, your dog might wander off, and in this case, it is of the essence that your dog has an identification tag that has all your up-to-date contact information. Bring with you a current picture of your dog, in case you need to make “lost” posters (but hopefully it won’t come to that).
- Health certificate
If you are traveling outside of the borders of your country you’ll need a health certificate for your dog. This can be issued by a veterinarian, after full examination that your dog is completely healthy and has all of the necessary vaccinations. If you are traveling international check which other documentation you might need to bring.
Before you even go on this trip make sure that your accommodation there is dog-friendly. If you are staying with friends or family, be sure that your dog is as welcome as you are. Have into consideration that some people might have allergies, or don’t have space, or just simply don’t care for furry animals running around their home. Also, if you do bring your dog with you, check with your host about what they feel comfortable with, cause at home, you can let your dog sleep on the couch and eat from your plate, but someone might not like it as much. If you are staying at a hotel or a motel, check their policy on pets, it might happen that even if they are pet-friendly they only accept small dogs or dogs up to a certain weight. Try not to leave your dog alone in the room for a long period, and if you do leave it, put the “Do Not Disturb” sign and inform the front desk how they can reach you in the case of emergency. Even if you decide to stay at a park, or campground check if it is pet-friendly, always clean up after your dog and always keep your dog on a leash.
- Be prepared
Bring your dog medications, including any preventives that might be useful. Make a research of 24h Veterinarian Emergency Hospitals near to your destination, and always have your veterinarian contact info.