Our Best Tips For Summer Travel With Pets
Welcome to summer, friends! We wait all year for this season here in Washington State, and we know much of the country feels the same way.
Summer is officially road trip season in this country, and if your dogs are healthy enough to travel, they make the best travel companions ever. Here are a few ways you can keep them cool, comfortable, healthy and entertained.
Schedule a vet visit before you leave.
Unless your dog has just had a checkup, consider making an appointment with your vet before you hit the road. It's better safe than sorry - and besides, pet-friendly hotels and restaurants will really appreciate your pup being up-to-date on all of her shots. Address any concerns you might have about traveling with your dog. Your vet might have some great tips and recommendations.
Make sure your dog's ID is on her collar, and consider getting her microchipped if she isn't already.
If the unthinkable happens and you get separated from your pooch, this will help ensure you get her back as soon as possible.
Create a separate packing list for your pup.
Much like traveling with small children, taking trips with dogs requires some extra effort. But being thorough with your packing is better than having to make unnecessary (and expensive) stops along the way. Bring her bedding and a few favorite toys, especially if she gets anxious in new places.
Stick to an exercise schedule.
This won't exactly be easy to do, but sticking to a schedule will keep your dog from becoming bored or from experiencing too much stress and anxiety. Routines are comforting, especially on the road.
Always make sure your dog has access to fresh water.
Just like you, your dog needs to stay hydrated all summer. Investing in a travel water bottle like this one will help. Pay extra attention to your dog's cues. If she's panting, she's hot and needs some fresh air or the AC.
This one goes without saying... but don't leave your dog alone in the car.
Even if it's not hot, the windows are down and you're going to be five minutes, it's just not worth it.
Keep your dog restrained in the car.
You might feel guilty about crating your pup, but it's actually the best way to keep her safe. Another option is a canine safety belt, best for larger dogs who are older and more mellow.
Do your research before you leave so you can frequent dog-friendly establishments.
If you'll be staying with friends, you know your pup will be welcome. But hotels and vacation rentals are hit or miss, so make sure you find out which places are dog-friendly before you make a reservation. You can find lots of dog-friendly businesses on BringFido.com. You'll be pleasantly surprised - more and more dog-friendly restaurants are opening across the country.
Have fun and safe travels!
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