Safe Holiday Travel With Your Dog

The holiday season is upon us. This means more traveling for you and your dog. Here are some tips to make your holiday travel safe and enjoyable for both you and your pet.

buzz in truckWhat To Bring:

  • Be sure to bring along your dog’s food, treats and water. Traveling can be stressful. Keeping your pet on its normal diet, including water, can help decrease gastrointestinal disturbances.
  • Pack any medications your dog is currently taking, as well as a copy of their medical history and current vaccinations.
  • A nice blanket or your dog’s favorite toy can provide a sense of comfort while traveling away from home.
  • Identification and licensing tags should be attached to your dog’s collar.

Make Frequent Rest Stops:  Your dog needs to stretch and take breaks from a long car ride just like you. Provide a small treat and water and allow your dog to relieve itself. If your dog gets car sickness, feed a light meal a few hours prior to leaving, and offer minimal food during travel.

Tired Dog = Happy Traveler:  Providing your dog exercise prior to traveling can burn off some excess energy and may provide a more peaceful car ride. Playtime at daycare, a nice walk at the park, or a session of fetch may be just what they need to relax and enjoy the ride.

Safety First:  Seatbelt harnesses or crates will provide a safe way for your dog to travel and feel secure.

Dog Friendly Accommodations: Make certain that the hotel you are staying at is dog friendly. Or if using a boarding facillity, choose a reputable facility. If possible, visit the facility/hotel prior to trip.

Air Travel: If flying, be sure your pet will be in a temperature controlled environment. Check with the specific airline for necessary paperwork and restrictions required for travel.