At present, more than 69 million households in the USA own at least one dog. Of this, nearly 37% of pet owners travel with their dogs at least once every year according to the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association.
While taking your dog along on your trip may seem simple, there are many things to consider to ensure your dog is safe and comfortable at all times.
Here are a few tips for safe traveling with your canine companion.
Make Sure Your Dog Can Be Identified
While you may not plan to be separated from your dog during your trip, it is important to be prepared for the unexpected.
This preparation includes making sure your dog can easily be identified if needed.
Ideally, your dog should have a microchip. Even if they do, however, a secure collar with an ID tag that contains both your home address as well as a contact number.
If you are taking a trip that is longer than a day, get a temporary tag that has the address of the accommodation you are residing at.
Also, remember to take along a photo of your dog just in case of an emergency.
Invest in a Quality Crate
A good quality crate can serve multiple purposes during your trip.
Apart from being a necessity when traveling by air, a crate can also provide your best friend with a safe place in your car or accommodation.
If your car breaks down during your trip and you need to seek out roadside assistance to tow or repair your car, your dog can be kept safe in their crate.
There are a few things to look for when buying a crate for your dog.
Opt for one that is big enough for your dog to sit, stand, and lie down in.
Check that it does not have any protrusions on the inside and remember to put down a comfy mat or blanket.
Always Pack a First Aid Kit
Your dog is as prone to minor injuries and illness during a vacation as what they are at home.
To minimize all-around anxiety, remember to pack a first-aid kit for your dog.
You can either buy a ready-made kit from a reputable pet store or your vet or put your own together by using the American Veterinary Medical Association’s checklist.
Also, pack any chronic medication that your dog might need.
Please refrain from ever giving your dog any human medication as even something as seemingly harmless as ibuprofen can turn out to be fatal.
Traveling with your dog can be a wonderful experience.
As long as you make an effort to keep your beloved canine safe and comfortable, the trip can be as enjoyable for your dog as for you.