Tips for Travelling with Your Dog
According to recent studies on dog owners, about 37% have opted to stay at home instead of going on a holiday so that they can keep their pet dog company. Nonetheless, it is possible to carry your dog when going on a trip so you will not miss the fun. Probably, this thought sounds overwhelming, but these tips will put your mind to rest.
Begin by making your pet dog for the travel. Buy a microchip and attach it n the collar of the dog to help vets identify and contact you in case the canine friend gets lost. Remember to include your name and contact information on the dog’s collar so people and contact you if the dog is lost. In addition, you should occasionally travel with the dog for short distances so that it can get used to car rides.
The second step will involve packing a travel kit for your dog. The travel kit should include essential items such as leash, food and treats, a bowl, seat belt, grooming equipment, plastic bags to pack the dog’s waste, and travel documents among other necessities. It is worth highlighting that you will not require to stop at the nearest pet store for either the pit services or acquisition of more supplies in case you pack all the crucial accessories.
Third, remember to take your dog with you whenever you make a stop. You should not leave the pet in the car during a sunny day since the car may become too hot such the dog suffers a heat stroke. Conversely, your dog can suffocate from cold if you lock it in the car during a chilly day.
A crate shelter will be essential in case you are planning to carry the dog on a plane ride. Depending on the airline you select, you might be permitted to keep your pet under the seat. Nonetheless, the crew will request that you provide documentation showing that the pet has received all the necessary vaccinations. Some people prefer to administer tranquilizers to dogs when travelling, so they do not suffer from stress. However, this strategy is not recommended since it may prevent comfortable breathing of your canine friend. When convenient, consider booking a direct flight so that you will not need to change the flights and stress your dog further.
Fifth, buy a dog crate to house your animal during the travel. Consider labeling the crate with a banner saying “live animal” so the handlers of the crate can be more careful with the dog lest it sustains an injury. Further, do not lock the crate when you are traveling since the staff may need to take out your animal in case of an emergency.