The Best Tips On Keeping Your Pet Healthy While Traveling
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Traveling with pets can be a rewarding experience, but depending on what your destination is, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Making sure your pet is well taken care of during your trip can be time consuming and, if you’re not prepared, stressful. The good news is, there are several ways you can keep your dog safe and happy during your trip. The key is to plan well and be prepared for just about anything.
Read on to find out how you can keep your pets healthy and happy on your next trip.
Consult your vet
The first step before any trip is to take your pet to the veterinarian to make sure he’s in good shape to travel. It’s a good idea to have him groomed and have his nails trimmed, and think about where you’ll be going; if you’re traveling to a heavily wooded area, consider asking about natural flea and tick repellents.
Be careful around other dogs
Dog parks, beaches, and other areas where dogs gather to play and exercise are great stops during a trip, but it’s important to remember to use caution where other animals are concerned. Check your pet for fleas and ticks afterward, even if they are only around other animals for a short time.
Bring food and water
It’s always a good idea to bring your pet’s food and bottled water along, as they might not take well to unfamiliar meals or water from another city. Pack a small bag just for your animal that holds their treats, leash, toys, collapsible bowls, and anything else they may need. Keep it accessible–at the rear of the trunk for car trips, or in a carry-on for the plane–and don’t forget to give your pet a quick drink when you make a pitstop.
And remember, if your destination has a pool, don’t allow your dog to drink the pool water. While the pool can look like a big bowl of refreshing water to them, ingesting it and the pool chemicals that come with it could lead to health problems for your pooch. Similarly, keep an eye on friendly strangers who may offer your pooch a treat in the form of human food. Unfamiliar foods could lead to an upset stomach.
Buy the right carrier
No matter how you travel, you’ll need a good-sized carrier for your pet that will allow them to lie down, stand up, and turn around. This goes for the car as well as a plane or train; your pet may enjoy feeling the cool breeze on his face, but driving with an animal roaming around the car is dangerous for both of you.
Plan for the weather
Check to see what the weather will be like at your destination and plan accordingly. You may be able to handle big changes in temperature, but your pet might not be so agreeable. Bring along blankets and sweaters for small or short-haired dogs in the winter; in warmer climates, be sure to keep your pet hydrated and get him to a shady spot immediately if you notice signs of overheating such as thick, sticky saliva, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Seek natural stress-reducing solutions
If you know your pet finds travel stressful or has general anxiety issues, there are plenty of natural ways to keep them calm. If you’re traveling by car, play some relaxing music. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise both before and throughout the trip. You can even offer your pet a massage if their stress seems to be escalating, or toss them an engaging toy to keep their mind occupied.
Put your pet’s needs first
Remember, your pet’s needs should come first. If you don’t think he’s ready to travel, consider finding a pet sitter while you take your trip. It may be hard to leave him, but in the long run it might be best for both of you.