Traveling with your pet can create a lifetime of memories!
Part 1 - Flying With Your Pet
Step 2- If your dog is not micro-chipped, now is a good time to get it done. It’s also a good time to update tags and a collar so information about your dog and his or her home address are current. If possible, attach a temporary tag with your vacation contact number and address, too.
Step 3- Have your dog groomed and his or her nails clipped. He or she has fewer chances of getting his or her nails caught in the carrier when you’re flying.
Step 4- If your dog is small enough, you can pay extra to have him or her ride (in an approved carrier) in the airplane cabin. Check with the airline you're flying to find out which brand(s) of carriers are approved for the cabin or the cargo area, if you must!
Step 5 - Make your dog's last meal before the trip a light one, about four hours before the flight, to reduce the chances of him or her throwing up while in the carrier.
Step 6 - Inform everyone you can at the airline, from the ticket agent to the flight attendants, even the pilot if you get a chance, that you are traveling with your dog in the cargo hold.
You need to know that most experts recommend that your dog not fly, especially if he or she must be checked as cargo. Dogs can die on commercial flights from extreme temperatures, loss of oxygen, or mishaps when cargo shifts during flight. Certain breeds of dogs— breeds with “pushed-in faces,” have constricted airways, which can make them susceptible to heat stroke and oxygen deprivation. No tranquilizers, please, giving them tranquilizers will make breathing even harder.
Part 2 - Traveling by Car with your Pet
Cars aren’t designed with dogs in mind. These few simple safeguards will make the vacation an enjoyable, relaxing time for you and your dog. Here's how I do it!
Step 1 - Crate your Dog.
The most important thing you can do is make sure your dog has been well exercised before he goes in the crate. If he’s burned off his excess energy, he’ll be more inclined to rest. Make sure there’s nothing in the crate that can harm your dog. Leashes and loose collars are especially dangerous items that could present a strangling hazard. His/her favorite toy or blanket will make the crate seem even more familiar and comfortable.
Step 2 - Driving with your Dog.
It’s also good to spend a little time playing or walking during the break to get rid of some pent-up energy. And of course, NEVER leave your dog in a parked car, especially when it’s warm out. Even with the window cracked open, the car can quickly turn into an oven, and your dog will get dehydrated.
Step 3 – Medicating your Dog?
Part 3 – Staying in a Hotel with Your Dog
Now you are ready to go into your hotel room. You should enter first. Get the dog to stay where he is. Place his bed or blanket where you want his area to be. This way he immediately knows where he belongs and can settle in much quicker. Make sure you’re vigilant wherever you go about what’s around, especially in the area of things your dogs could ingest. Keep an eye on him and the new place.
Part 4 – Before You Head Out - Let's Get Packing:
• All necessary records for your dog. You should also bring current photos, too.• A tag with your permanent address and contact number on it, as well as the address and contact number of where you are spending your vacation.• Comfort items from home such as his or her food dishes and bowls, a favorite pillow or blanket, an important toy, etc.• Your dog's regular food and treats. Try to get him or her back on their regular feeding schedule as soon as you arrive.
Finally – Relax and Enjoy Your Vacation
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