Blog Traveling with Your Dog
Dogs have a tendency to make a family vacation that much more enjoyable. At certain times, for certain trips, you may want to take your dog along with you. Plan ahead when traveling with a dog so the trip is as enjoyable as you had it planned in your mind.
Check up at the Vet
Before your departure take your dog to the vet for a check up. Make sure he is up to date on all his vaccinations. Have your vet pull your dog’s vaccination report for you to take with you on the trip.
Ask Vet for Recommendations
Tell your vet that you are going to take your dog on vacation. Asking your vet for a recommendation on vets in the area of your vacation will benefit if something were to happen to your dog during your stay away from home.
For some this may be an easy process considering dogs usually love the car. To avoid car sickness have your dog travel on an empty-stomach. You should provide lots of water.
Stop more frequently than you would if it was just your family traveling. Let your dog go to the bathroom and get some exercise. Make sure that your dog walks around the premises of the rest stop to stretch.
When stopping for food, consider your dog. Do not leave him in the car while your family goes to eat. Getting food to go or looking for a dog friendly dining area will help avoid this issue.
When traveling with your dog by car always a lot more time with more frequent stops. In the end it will pay off because your trip will be that much better with your dog their to share the memories.
Each airline has it’s own guidelines when traveling with a canine. Knowing the guidelines of the airline you prefer to fly well in advance of booking is recommended so no problems are encountered at time of boarding.
Health certificates and up to date vaccinations are required for all dogs on all airlines. Bring a copy for proof.
All dogs when traveling on a plane must be in a crate. All airlines require you to use an airline-approved crate if the dog is traveling as cargo. Small dogs on all airlines are allowed to travel under your seat. Check the guidelines for each airline to see the classifications for having the dog fly under your seat.
Knowing what you’re getting into when traveling with a dog will make the vacation more enjoyable for both your family and your dog.