It’s that time of year again! With the warm weather comes the need for vacations and fun. If you have a dog, you may bring them along for camping and other summer activities. When planning these trips, you may wonder what your dog will need and if they are ready for a good amount of travel. Don’t worry; we’ve compiled some constructive tips for traveling with your dog this summer!
First things first, you want to make sure that your pup is healthy enough for travel. Take your dog to the vet to ensure they are current on all vaccines and have any necessary medications. If you are traveling overseas or somewhere unfamiliar to your pet, ask your vet about extra preventatives against diseases or parasites. This way, you can ensure your furry friend is safe and can enjoy their time with you.
Microchips are a Must
Microchipping your pet can save you the heartache of them getting lost and never found. Microchips have the pet owner’s information, so when they are scanned, you can be contacted and reunited with your pet. Ensure that all information is correct and up to date so that if your pet is lost, anyone can reach you quickly to pick for easy retrieval.
Plan Pet-Friendly Activities
If you are taking your dog on vacation, be sure that any activities you plan are pet friendly. The last thing you want to do is leave your dog in a hotel all day while you are out exploring. Whether hiking, camping, or going to the beach, try to find places that allow dogs to join you. The good news is that a variety of sites allow dogs, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
If planning a long road trip to your vacation destination, allow plenty of time for walks and potty breaks. Though you may be fine for hours in the car, your dog won’t be. Plan for rest stops to let your dog stretch their legs and relieve themselves. You will have a happier dog and a mess-free car!
These tips for traveling with your dog will help save you from worrying. Plan carefully so you and your dog can enjoy a fun-filled summer vacation! For more information on your dog’s care, visit our services page Highland Veterinary or call us!