Taking a trip and want to take your dog?
Traveling with your dog can be a great experience for you and your pet, but there are some considerations to think about to make it the best trip possible. Whether it’s a short or lengthy car trip you need to be prepared. Make sure your dog is traveling safely and also as comfortably as possible. First of all, you need to make a list of things you may need. Secondly, make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current. Thirdly, decide how to transport your dog in the car.
What are some “must-haves” to take when traveling with your dog?
Not only are you trying to make sure you don’t forget your own travel supplies, but you need to make sure your furry-friend has everything they need as well. By making a checklist of supplies they may need, you will be better prepared. Here are some “must-haves” when traveling with your dog:
- You will need food, water and portable bowls.
- You may need a doggie jacket or sweater depending on the temperatures and where you are traveling.
- You may need towels in case of a potty accident in the car.
- You may also want to consider bringing a favorite toy to make your dog feel more comfortable.
Is your dog up-to-date on their vaccinations?
When traveling you need to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations. This is vitally important. Depending on the time of year, they could need a Bordetella shot, or they may need another Parvo booster. It’s highly important you make sure your dog has these vaccinations. Always consult your veterinarian before traveling.
Further, you can never be too safe when traveling with your puppy. It might even be a good idea to get your puppy microchipped, as well. Your traveling pooch may get nervous being out of their normal environment or could get frightened and may run loose. In this case, having your pet microchipped is definitely an extra safety precaution that can come in handy.
On the road.
When you’re on the road it can be super tempting to let your furry-companion ride on your lap with their head out the window, or to let them roam free in the car. Although it seems like a great idea, it’s truly not very safe for you or your dog. You will need to decide whether you want them to have an open wire crate, plastic enclosed crate, or a bed with a safety restraint that attaches to your dog.
Once you have decided which to use, you will need to place the crate or safety restraint in the back seat. That is the safest place for your dog to ride. If you are taking a long trip you will need to make frequent stops for your dog to get out and do their doggy business before getting out on the road again. Overall, having everything you need, and safely traveling with your dog will create an equally happy and memorable trip for the both of you!
This article was written by Ashely Foglesong and Teresa Campbell, professional breeders.