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Traveling With Your Dog
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When your headed away from home with Fido, you’ll need to take some extra measures to keep Fido safe and comfortable when he’s away from home. Here are some things that you can do to make sure your pooch gets some rest and relaxation also.
- Make sure that Fido is healthy for your trip. If you suspect Fido has any potential health issues, you should bring Fido in for a check up prior to your trip.
If you are not sure about traveling with more than 1 dog, compare (CALL hotels and boarding places, both). It turned out that for 2 days (Thanksgiving included) a Ford Explorer, which holds 2 extra large kennel boxes and 1 hotel room, which allowed 3 dogs at $15 a piece rather than 2 just for asking), was less than boarding the 3 dogs at the vet because we could not have got them back on Thanksgiving day without an extra fee. Also, The dogs are more relaxed upon return as they did not have the abandonment issues.
- Carry a Fido First Aid kit with you. Just in case Fido sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong, you’ll be prepared to handle the situation if you have a canine first aid kit with you. These kits can be purchased or you can put one together yourself.
- Treat Fido for fleas one week prior to your trip. Use your regular flea control to prevent any problems while you are gone.
- Groom Fido before you leave. Why not take care of everything before you set out. Give Fido a bath, comb out his fur, trim his nails and take care of any scooting (anal gland) issues a few days before you leave.
- Keep the phone number of your vet with you. You never know when you'll need some medical advice, so it's best to be prepared.
- Carry water and plastic bags. This will ensure that Fido can freshen up along the way. The plastic bags are for cleaning up after your pooch at those much needed rest stops.
- Bring a flashlight. A flashlight can be useful for taking Fido out in unfamiliar locations at night.
- Bring your pet’s bedding along. If Fido is used to sleeping in a crate, bring the crate. If Fido has a favorite dog bed or pillow, bring that along. Make Fido feel safe and comfortable no matter where you are.
- Keep your dog’s collar and ID tags on at all times. When away from home, it’s especially important that Fido has ID on him. Just in case he gets away, you’ll want to make sure that he has the correct contact information on him. When you’re far away from home, you may even want to put a tag on Fido that has your cell phone number on it so that someone can reach you even if you’re not at home.
- Ask the hotel/motel for a room towards the back or one that is away from foot traffic- It will reduce barking or growling of protective dog.
- Check your rental vehicle for dog carrier fit, before renting, go larger if you are not sure.
- Dog carriers will prevent damage to your vehicle, prevent escapes from vehicle and room and if your dog uses them in the house with a cusion, provide them with a familiar safe space.
- Keep a photo of Fido on you. In the unfortunate event that Fido sneaks away, you can use the photo when asking others for help in locating your dog.
- Plan travel arrangements in advance. Only certain places will lodge you with a pet, so it’s important to know where you’re going to stay ahead of time.
- Make sure Fido is cool and comfortable during travel. When traveling by car, make sure your dog is seated so that he has plenty of fresh, cool air.
- Travel tips for dogs traveling to the United Kingdom (UK) .
Latest page update: made by maximusandz
, Nov 29 2008, 1:34 PM EST
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