Canine travel tips to keep in mind during the dog days of summer
August 7, 2012
Now that it's finally August, you and your family are probably planning out your last major trip of the summer, and hopefully your furry friend will be coming along for the ride. While you may fancy yourself as a pet travel expert by this point, sometimes what can go wrong will go wrong, and you'll be happy that you prepared ahead of time. Before you set off on a journey with your family and your dog in tow, keep the following concerns in mind to avoid any setbacks on your last big trip of the summer.
1. Take a trip to the vet. Before you hit the road with your furry friend, it may be wise to get a checkup at a Bideawee Animal Hospital to ensure that your pooch has a clean bill of health. Use this opportunity to stock up on anti-flea and tick products, catch up on vaccinations and voice any health concerns. This is also a great opportunity to pick up a copy of your dog's recent vaccination history, as this may be required to cross certain state lines and is always a smart item to bring along.
2. Make your hotel reservations beforehand. While one of the most enjoyable parts of a road trip is finding new and wacky hotels on your route, this may not be the best choice when you're bringing a dog along. Start by planning out your journey in intervals and find hotels that you can reach after a day's drive that allow dogs. This will make it much easier to meet all of your dog's needs on the road, and it will help you avoid driving around searching for a canine-friendly establishment.
3. Look up rest stops along the way. Whether your dog needs to stop to do his or her business or simply stretch those legs, looking into the available rest stops on the way will help you meet his or her needs during the trip, reports Edmunds.com. Bring along an extra leash, doggie bags and anything else to make your rest stop experience quick and painless.
While it's sad that summer is coming to an end, there's still plenty of warm weather and good times ahead with your family and furry friend no matter where you're headed.