Tips for Traveling with Your Dog, When the family is together on an outdoor holiday, taking your dog along can make your trip a lot more fun. With some planning, it can be a peaceful experience for all. Just remember that not all dogs have the same abilities and tendencies when it comes to traveling, especially if it is by air. A good way to start planning is to get to know the capabilities of your dog. These Tips for Traveling with Your Dog will make it easier for you to be prepared and ensure a safe and comfortable journey for your dog: Health It is important that you take your dog to the vet to have a check-up well in advance of any travel plans, to make sure there are no health conditions that may affect or alter your holiday plans. This is also a good time to ask your veterinarian which medications if any, you should carry with you for any problems that may come up while you are traveling. Ensure that:
  • Vaccinations are up to date
  • You get any health records or certificates you need to have with you
  • You get any medications for nausea or to calm the dog down
  • You carry the food your dog is used to eating
If traveling abroad, you may need additional health records, as well as a permit to take the dog into the specific country to which you are traveling. You want to start this process well ahead of your trip as it can take some time to get all the paperwork in order. Identification Even if you are traveling in a car with your dog, it is always safer to make sure the dog can be properly identified and that you can be contacted. This will make recovery much easier in case of an accident. A permanent identification method, such as a microchip is an option. Also, make sure you have identification and information about your dog with you as well as a photograph. Traveling in a Car If your dog is not already used to traveling in a car, you need to take the time to slowly let your dog get used to it. Starting with short trips to the store and increasing the distance slowly can help!
  • Avoid feeding your dog just before you leave as an empty stomach will help to prevent car sickness; however, it is important that the dog drinks water
  • Be sure to make frequent stops
  • Make sure the dog has plenty of fresh air
  • If the dog is in a crate, then take extra care that there is plenty of air
  • Don’t let your dog travel with its head sticking out of the window, this can lead to eye complications
  • Don’t leave your dog in a locked car
Traveling by Plane Check with the specific airline you are traveling, for their rules and regulations well ahead of your trip. This will save you a lot of hassle at the last minute.
  • All airlines will require you to have specific documents
  • Some airlines require the dog to be in a crate
  • Small dogs can usually be carried on board if the carrier can fit underneath the seat in front
  • Some airlines will not carry dogs if the climate is extremely hot or cold.
 

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