Most dogs love to travel, but not every travel destination is dog friendly. Also, some canine companions do not react well to restraints, confinement, or changes in their daily routine. However, you can make amazing memories with Fido by following some of these tips.
Make Sure Your Lodging Is Pet-Friendly
Most people assume that dogs in hotels or rented vacation homes are a firm “no.” While this is sometimes true, more and more businesses recognize the value of people and dogs traveling together. BringFido.com is a useful online resource for pet friendly hotels and restaurants, but due diligence on your part will still be required.
Ask, ask, ask about the policies. Some lodging establishments have size and breed restrictions, while others limit the number of dogs in a room.
You will probably have to pay a deposit and a cleaning fee. However, some hotel chains such as Red Roof Inn, Motel 6, and Kimpton do not have such fees as of the time of this writing.
Prepare For The Unexpected
Before traveling, get the numbers of the nearest 24-hour emergency vet in your destination. Make sure you also have the regular and emergency numbers of your regular vet. Program all of these into your cell phone and consider emailing them to yourself as well.
Crating is controversial, but it’s essential for car trips as well as airline travel. The crate should be large enough for Rover to comfortably stand, sit, and lie down. However, don’t get too big of a crate as this can pose a risk to your pooch.
Make the crate as comfortable as possible with a mat, a water bottle, and your dog’s favorite toy. The crate must be sturdy, well ventilated, and have handles for carrying.
Clearly label the crate with “Live Animal” as well as your name, address, and phone number — this is vital for airline travel.
What To Pack
- Copies of all vaccination certificates and medical documents.
- Flea and tick medicine as well as any other medications your dog takes.
- Their usual food and water.
- Collapsible, unbreakable bowls.
- A bed.
- Leash and harness.
- ID tags.
- Bags for waste disposal.
- Favorite toys.
- Pet first aid kit.
If your dog is unable to travel, then leave them with a trusted family member, friend, neighbor, or caring boarding facility.