So it is that time of year, you have finally got enough vacation time, and you’re ready to see the relatives, or you are going to head out to the coast and hit the beach for a little sand, surf, and fun. However, there is just one problem. What to do with Fido? Should I take him, or not? Well, there are of course several routes you can go down. You can leave him with friends, or you can leave him at one of those doggie hotels that are all the new rage. You can find most of these pet motels in a big pet store or groomers. For a fee, the dog can get their own room, food, and playtime with other dogs. However, my dog is like my best friend, and I would never leave him behind with people I do not really know. So I always take my buddy with me, every year I go on vacation.
Now, of course, knowing how to travel with a dog is slightly different than knowing how to travel with humans. There are certain things you may want to be aware of when planning your trip. Dogs are going to require time to stretch their legs, and use the facilities a little more than most animals. Make sure if you take your dog, that you bring a bowl to put down when you pull over so they can have plenty of water on your trip. Dogs can drink a lot over the course of a day. Also, make sure their tags and shots are up to date. Just in case they happen to run off on you. I would also make sure your dog is “chipped..” This is a very simple procedure where your veterinarian can implant a small microchip into your dog, that allows other vets to put a scanner up to their body, and the scanner tells them who the dog’s owner is, and where he lives.
If you have a larger car it might be a good idea to bring some of your buddies toys with him, so they feel comfortable on a long trip. Familiar smells and items make for a happier dog. Also, when figuring out how to travel with a dog, go online and scope out which hotels are “pet-friendly.” There are quite a bit now. Everything from economy motels, to five stars hotels, are allowing pets now. So do not worry about getting a room with your dog. Make sure you also do not forget to bring plenty of food, and treats, for however long you will be gone, be it two days, or two weeks. Also, it is a good idea to scope out various veterinarian hospitals all along your route, in case something unexpected happens.
If you are not going to a woodland area, or beach, for your vacation this year, then try and find out where the local dog parks near your hotel will be. After all your dog is going to want to walk around and check out the locals, right? With a little planning and common sense, you do not need to worry if you do not know how to travel with a dog. As we all know, dogs love to go for rides in the car. If you are flying, however, they will need to be put in a cage for the duration of the flight. Make sure you contact your particular commercial carrier and let them know you will be traveling with a dog, and find out their procedures, and fees, ahead of time to avoid any confusion.