Tonight’s post is a very special one – Her Dog Blog’s first ever guest post!
The folks over at Rover.com (a pretty rad dog-sitting website) submitted this post about the basics of traveling with your dog.
Travel Accessories for your Dog
In recent years, traveling with your dog has become a common practice for several people as more businesses in the hospitality industry accommodate pets. After all, a dog is a member of the family and leaving it behind only adds stress while you’re trying to relax. Traveling with your dog is much like preparing to go away with a child; there are many accessories you need to consider in order to keep your pooch as comfortable as possible.
Traveling by Car
If you are traveling by car, it is much easier to have space for all required accessories for your dog. The first consideration for safety is to provide car seats or harnesses to restrain your dog in the back seat of the car. The type of restraint depends on your dog’s size; smaller to medium-sized dogs require car seats while larger dogs can use a harness attached to a safety belt in the same manner as installing a car seat. Remember the window shades used for children to keep excess sun away from your dog and other backseat travelers.
During travel, it is important to have easy access to water, food and snacks, along with dishes for such items. Traveling with dogs requires frequent potty and drinking stops, plus an occasional snack or meal, depending on the time frame. Harnesses and leashes should be in easy reach for those moments when “nature calls.” As a responsible pet owner, you must remember the “poop” bags to pick up and discard your dog’s waste.
Dog Amenities for the Destination
Destination necessities for your canine begin with a travel crate, bed and blankets for comfort, once you get to your destination. Crates come in various sizes and are easy to open and close for travel purposes. When staying in a hotel, resort or private home, you can rest assured your dog is safe and out of trouble when crated in your absence.
When reaching your destination, you will need to provide your dog with activities to keep him busy. Without doing so, your dog will find inappropriate ways to be entertained. Bring along all the favorite toys, along with some new ones to keep him curious longer. Choose to provide some rawhides and dental bones plus puzzle toys for hours of fun. Puzzle toys are those you can fill with treats; the dog will spend hours trying to get it.
The Easy-to-Forget Dog Travel Items
Some minor items to consider on a dog-by-dog basis include items for grooming and first aid. If you have a dog with a longer coat, it may require regular combing and brushing, even while on vacation; preferably do so outside. If your dog has any medical conditions that require medications, be sure to place these items on your list. Depending on your destination, it may be wise to call your veterinarian prior to your departure, per chance there are other health concerns and vaccinations needed. It is always advisable to have your dog’s vaccine record with you, since many travel destinations require it when allowing a pet at the establishment of choice.
Even for the healthiest of pets, put together a first aid kit for your dog to include such items as bandages, anti-biotic first aid creams, tweezers, cortisone spray or cream, cotton balls and swabs plus nail clippers. Your veterinarian’s number should always be in your contacts in case of an emergency concern.