What to Know When Traveling With Dogs
Taking a trip with your pup can sometimes be a daunting task especially if you have never done so before or you are traveling over a long distance. Knowing the right things to do as well as what to avoid will go a long way to take the stress off you and your furry friend.
In this article, we cover every aspect of traveling with your dog be it by air or land that you need to know. Some important preparations and measures to put in place when traveling with a dog include:
Check In With Your Vet
Ensure that your dog is given a clean bill of health and have gotten all the necessary vaccines. Before each trip, it is recommended for you to take your pet in for full checkup.
Ensure That Your Dog’s Medical Records Are Intact
This information will be required before your dog is allowed to get on a plane with you especially if you are traveling across country borders. Border authorities will require updated vaccine records.
Check Dog’s Microchip
Your dog’s microchip implant must be intact with updated information just in case they get lost during the trip.
Travel With Essentials
Go with all essentials that your dog will require for a comfortable trip including meds, treats, toys, beds, their favorite blankets and so on.
Plan For Stops
Traveling with a dog is similar to traveling with a baby which means you need to plan for stops if you are the one driving so they can take a break and ease themselves. During such breaks, ensure that your dog drinks lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Check Accommodation Policies
Ensure that your accomodation has policies that allow you to lodge with your dogs as some resorts and hotels do not allow any pets.
Leash Your Dog
Always keep your dog on a leash while traveling to avoid any instances of them going missing or if your dog is not usually friendly with strangers, to avoid causing trouble. Your dog shouldn’t leave your sight at all times during your trip.
Make Use of Seatbelts
Your dog’s safety is equally as important as yours and that of other people traveling with you. So make sure to strap your dog with a seat belt when you are on the road. Going with a dog car seat is also another similar safety measure.
Check Airline Policies
If you are going to be flying with your dog, research on your airline’s pet policies before you book a flight. Some airlines have restrictions on the size and weight of dogs allowed on board. To ensure compliance, take weight and size measurements. Some airlines may require that your dog flies in the cargo hold. Appropriate measures must also be provided.
There are some dog breeds that are not supposed to be on flights. Check with your veterinarian if it is okay to fly with your dog and seek for alternative means of transportation where necessary.
Check Airline Fares
Your airline may have to charge you extra for flying with your dog so ensure that you put together every fee and charge so that it doesn’t negatively impact your budget along the way.
Do not ignore any important instructions from your veterinarian and ensure to comply with all recommended guidelines before considering to travel with your pet.
Be considerate of other people around you as dogs may tend become restless and aggressive in unfamiliar environments so, bear full responsibility and keep your dog in line throughout your trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Traveling Stressful for Dogs?
For some dogs, traveling can be very uncomfortable and they may show signs of stress like restlessness, howling, barking and seeking attention from the owner.
Do Dogs Feel Abandoned Qhen you go on Vacation?
Leaving your dog and traveling out of town can take a toll on your dog mentally making them feel like they have been abandoned by their personal.