Taking your dog along with you on your travels can make your vacation so much more enjoyable for both you as well as your pup. You do, however, have to make sure that your pup is comfortable at each step of your travels.
If you’re not sure about how to take your pup along with you on vacation, here is a guide on the proper way to travel with your dog.
Step 1– Get Your Pup Checked
Make sure to take your pup for an extensive body checkup to the vet well in advance of your trip. You will have to be extra careful to make sure that your pup has gotten all the required vaccinations and that he meets the airline regulation requirements for pet travel.
You should also ensure that your pup is perfectly healthy before he travels. Take care of his diet, and make sure that he gets all the nutrients he needs.
Do not forget to carry bottled water with you on the trip and also any medications your pup might need. Most importantly, though, be prepared for any emergency that may arise.
Before you board the plane, your vet’s number should be a contact in your phone, in case you need to contact him on an emergency basis. There is nothing wrong with taking the necessary precautions. Remember, it’s always better to be extra careful rather than regret something later on only because you weren’t careful in the preparation stage.
Step 2 – Purchase a Dog Crate
A dog crate is a perfect way to make sure your pup remains safe and protected if you’re traveling somewhere by car, and it is, in fact, a requirement if you are traveling by airline.
Crates are extremely handy. Not only do they keep your dog safe, but they also make sure that your dog doesn’t get into any mischief during your travels. You can easily find the right crate at any pet supply store. Just make sure to purchase one that is appropriate for your dog based on its size, breed, age, etc.
Remember that any crate that you purchase needs to be spacious enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and even lie down. Also, keep in mind that your crate needs to have strong handles so that you can lift it and carry it easily without any difficulty. The bottom of the crate should be made from absorbent, leak-proof material, in case of any accidents.
Additionally, check to see that the crate that you buy has sufficient ventilation from both sides so that your dog has no trouble breathing wherever you go. You can even make the crate more comfortable by lining it with your dog’s favorite blanket, chew toys, and a bottle of water.
If you want your precious pup to accompany you on your vacation, you need to know the proper way to travel with your dog. These two tips will ensure that your dog is safe on your journey.