Dogs are an important part of the family. So when you want to go on vacation, it only makes sense that you want to take your best friend. But you can’t just jump into the car with a dog.
So here are things to know before you go on puppy vacation so it will be comfortable for you and your pooch.
1. Consult The Veterinarian
It is important to ensure that your puppy has their vaccinations up to date and is healthy for travel. Inform the vet of all the details that may be necessary. This includes destination, duration, seasons, etc. This will help the vet rearguard them against potential risks.
2. Update Your Pet’s Identification
There is always the risk of your pet getting lost, especially in unfamiliar locations. After all, it can be quite stressful for them to go on a road trip.
So while at the vet, ensure all of the chip’s information is correct on the system. Get a collar that includes contact details and addresses of your intended stay.
If you are really anxious about your pooch getting lost, consider getting a GPS device to put on your dog’s collar. This way you can track them on your phone and never lose sight of them.
3. The Pet Carrier On Your Puppy Vacation
A well-ventilated, well-sized carrier can provide your pet with the comfort and safety it needs to enjoy the vacation with you. Your pet should be able to stand, turn and lay down in the carrier.
If they are not accustomed to living in a carrier, condition them at home several weeks before the vacation. Leave the door open and put their favorite blankie with treats and toys inside.
This positive reassurance will not make them fearful. Do not try to force your pet inside. It will take time for them to feel comfortable going inside.
4. When Travelling By Car
If your pet is too large for a carrier, or you do not feel it is necessary, to increase safety while traveling, use a safety belt that attaches to their harness. Always put your pet in the backseat so they are not close enough to distract the driver.
If in a carrier, fasten it down so it doesn’t move. This will make it very uncomfortable for your pet. This also prevents serious injury if in an accident. And do not let them stick their head out of the car, especially at high speeds. And take them with you when you exit the car.
It is a good idea to also make sure your dog is accustomed to traveling in the car. Take them around the block a few times to test their behavior. You can positively reassure them with a treat to help their confidence. Increasing the time gradually in the car.
5. Traveling By Plane For Your Puppy Vacation
Most countries require a health certificate from your vet within 10 days of departure. This verifies that all is in order with health and vaccinations. Local travel is usually simple.
But international travel is more complex and usually requires that your dog quarantines for a short period. So do research on what paperwork is required to get your dog to the destination easily and effortlessly.
Ask your vet about calming medication for your dog (and maybe something for yourself). A general rule of thumb is in warmer months, travel in the morning or evening when it is cooler. And in cold months, fly in the middle of the day.
6. Puppy Vacation Accommodations
Contact all accommodations that you plan on staying in to confirm the requirements for bringing your pet. There may be breed and size limitations. Consider places that offer special pet services, such as dog walking or pet sitting.
You should also consider pet-friendly restaurants at the destination. Your dog will love to join you for the dining experience.
Checklist For Your Puppy Vacation
Food and water bowls
Their regular diet
Flea, tick, and heartworm preventives
Poop scoop and waste bags
Leash and collar – seatbelt attachment if necessary
Life vests if going to the beach
Sunblock for pets
First aid kit for pets
Current and destination veterinary contact information
Vaccination certificate and other paperwork for travel
If your pet will be too stressed to travel far, consider having a staycation. In other words, take your dog somewhere close for the day. This could be the beach, mountain, or even a dog social gathering.
After all, they just want to spend quality time with you. It is not about the destination, but the adventure.
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