Dog Care | Travel Preparation
Before You Leave
Ask yourself: will my dog be comfortable and happy on a long trip? Some animals prefer to stay home and a “homesick” pet will ruin everyone’s trip. In such case, it may be wise to consider a babysitter for your dog, either a trusted family friend or a hired pet sitter. If that isn’t possible, you might want to consider housing your dog in a veterinary clinic or kennel.
If you decide to take your dog with you, take as much care in preparation for them as you would for yourself. Whether you want to travel by plane, bus, train or boat, find out if your dog will be welcome and what kind of travel preparations you need. If you plan to stay at hotels, motels or campgrounds, you must check if they are animal-friendly. Some establishments, for health reasons, ban pets from staying.
Wherever You Go
- Ensure your pet is always wearing their collar with complete ID and license tag.
- Pack their favorite food, toys, dishes, cool water and a leash.
- Have your pet examined by the vet before you leave.
- If your pet must travel by crate, ensure it is well-made, durable, and of adequate size and comfort for your animal.
- If you are planning an international trip, ask your travel agent for advice regarding health and vaccination regulations.