Every dog owner knows how difficult it can be to leave your best friend at home while you’re having fun on vacation. This is exactly what’s so great about bringing your dog with you. On the other hand, cars simply aren’t designed for the canine kind, which is exactly what makes most dog owners leave their favorite pets back at home. Well, with the following tips, we hope that we’ll convince you not to be afraid of traveling with your dog.
First, you’re going to have to make sure that your dog is fit for travel since this can be a deal-breaker if it isn’t. Get started by making a series of short car trips to see how your dog behaves. Does it get anxious? What about car-sick? Trial runs will help you get the feel of things.
Next, you could try spending the night with your dog at a friend’s place and see how your canine friend behaves – this will give you a good idea of how spending time abroad with your dog could be. Don’t forget to pack all the necessary medications that your dog might need, along with all the equipment.
Finally, make sure that you make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup before embarking on a road trip.
No one likes crating their dog, but this is mostly owing to the fact that we project our feelings onto our pets; we think that if we wouldn’t want to be crated, neither would our pets. More often than not, this is not the case – dogs do not mind being crated and some might even feel safer inside.
But why does your dog need crating to begin with? Well, for a multitude of reasons. For one, in addition to making your dog feel safer, this is safer for everyone on-board as well – according to AAA, unrestrained pets cause more than 30,000 accidents annually! Furthermore, while your dog would probably love sticking its head out the window, this can cause ear damage and lung infections. Thus, crating your dog while on the road is always recommended, especially if you’re traveling alone.
Never leave your dog in a parked vehicle
Even with the windows open, a parked car can become a furnace on a hot day, and the risk of heatstroke is huge! On the other hand, after a short period of time in cold weather, a car can become a refrigerator and cause the animal to freeze!
Besides, letting your pet stretch its legs is more than recommended – making a short break every two to three hours so that your pet can relieve itself and get some exercise will make the road trip more enjoyable for both of you.
However, it is important that you keep your dog on a leash during these pit stops, as you do not want your dog wandering off. Wasting hours on struggling to find your lost friend is never a good way to start your vacation. This is why equipping dogs with pet ID tags in Australia has become somewhat of a no-brainer!
Hydration is key
Pet owners aren’t really aware of just how much water their pets drink during the day and you don’t want to learn this the hard way. The ASPCA recommends that you keep a gallon of cold water at hand, in order to make sure that your pet is sufficiently hydrated during the trip.
Following these tips will help you and your pet enjoy your vacation while not having to constantly worry about whether everything is okay at home, or bother your friends and family with checking on your dog every day. Prepare properly, crate it, make frequent breaks, keep it hydrated and never leave your dog in a parked vehicle!