With all the new pet-friendly accommodations opening up and spanning across the globe, it is easy to understand why more and more pet owners are deciding to travel with their pets. Sure, leaving your dog at home is always an option, but to most people, their dogs are like a kid or member of the family. Not only do you feel guilty when you leave them at home alone or with strangers, but you probably suffer from a bit of separation anxiety. Well, that will no longer be the case thanks to all these pet-friendly accommodations. That being said, the whole process of traveling with your pet won’t just be as easy as putting him or her in the car and traveling to your destination.
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Make Sure Your Dog Can Handle It
If you have a ten-day trip planned to Grand Canyon, the last thing you want is to discover an hour in that your pet gets sick every time you make a sharp turn. This will not only be annoying and time-consuming, but it will really take its toll on your pet. Unfortunately, some pets are just like humans when it comes to flying or sailing. They just don’t have the stomach to hold up without proper precautions. This is why it is best to start taking your dog on short care rides at least a month or few weeks before your trip. Not only will this get him or her accustomed to the situation, but also you will discover is he or she is in traveling condition.
Keep in mind that there are a variety of products available that can help with car sickness and anxiety, which might come in handy with a nervous pet.
Update Tags And Microchips
If you check out petsexpert.co.uk, you will see that any pet expert recommends checking your pet’s tags and microchips before hitting the road. No one wants to lose his or her dog on a road trip, but it is a real possibility. If you want to truly maximize your chances of getting the dog back, you will ensure that the tags and microchip information is up-to-date. A microchip is somewhat similar to a tag, but it is just a device that can be read with a special scanning tool that contains your latest contact information. This is handy just in the event that your dog gets snagged on a fence and loses his or her collar and tag. Most vets will have access to the tools that can read these tags.
Update Vaccine Record
All domestic dogs are subspecies of the gray wolf. With this said, even domestic canines have been known to bite strangers and other dogs. In order to avoid lawsuits and fines, you will need to keep your dog’s vaccine record up-to-date. If your dog bites someone, you and the animal will face consequences. And, if you cannot provide the victim and authorities with an up-to-date vaccine record, these consequences will be very severe.
Keep Dog Hydrated
Like humans, dogs need to plenty of water, especially when they are outdoors in the summer. The best way to keep your dog hydrated is to provide them with water every few hours. You should do this even when you are traveling on the road and after you reach your destination.
Throughout your trip, you should monitor your dog for signs of dehydration. These signs include sunken eyes, dry mouth, and nose, decreased skin turgor and decreased urine output.
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