5 Things You Need To Consider When Taking Your Dog On Vacation
Summer may be coming to a close, but there are still plenty of opportunities to load up the car and head away for a weekend of sunshine and fresh air. Late summer camping trips and family visits are some of the most enjoyable trips that will leave everyone with lasting memories. The only question facing many pet owners is: should we take the dog with us or leave him at home?
The thought of leaving your beloved family pooch in a kennel for the weekend while you enjoy long hikes and swimming in rivers and lakes seems like a huge injustice. That said, taking a pet on holiday requires careful planning and research to ensure everyone will be able to have a good time.
What Will Stress your Dog Out Least?
Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety, so leaving them with a family member, a friend, or with a professional dog sitter can cause them to become very distressed. This in turn can cause the owner to become worried about leaving their dog. Similarly, some dogs become distressed when travelling, so you have to establish what will cause the least amount of stress for your dog.
Is your Dog Protected?
Dogs are notorious for getting themselves in trouble when they are away from home, be it a run-in with a skunk or getting lost on the trails. Make sure your dog’s flea and tick treatments are up to date and check with your vet if they will need any booster vaccinations. If you’re worried about your dog running away, make sure his microchip dog registration is up to date and keep him on a long leash for extra security.
Does the Venue Accept Dogs?
When researching where you are going to stay, whether it’s a campsite, a hotel or a rental home, always check that dogs are allowed inside the house. If you are staying with family and they don’t have pets of their own, make sure their home and yard will be sufficiently dog-proof. And finally, if you are visiting a national park, make sure dogs are allowed in the parks and on the trails. If you plan to go swimming with your dog, make sure you prepare sufficiently.
Does your Dog get Car Sick?
Your vet may be able to prescribe a light sedative or anti-car sickness pill for your dog, but you will need to test out the dosage on a shorter trip. Make sure your pet has access to clean drinking water throughout the trip and schedule lots of rest stops so they can go to the bathroom and stretch their legs. It goes without saying that you should never leave your dog unattended in a car.
Will your Dog Enjoy it?
Some dogs love being outdoors and running free, but some older dogs just prefer being comfortable at home. If you’re worried about your dog being able to keep up, you should probably leave him at home so you aren’t left carrying him for the last stretch of the hike.