If you consider your dog part of the family, then it only makes sense to bring him along for your family’s summer vacation. Of course, adding a furry friend into your travel plans will bring up some extra factors to consider for your pet’s fun and safety. Here’s a look at the steps you should take to ensure a safe trip for everyone in the family, including Fido.
Go by car, if possible.
Plane travel is stressful for many dogs, and in some cases, it may be dangerous. If possible, take your trip by car to ensure the comfort of your dog. Use a harness or carrier to secure your dog in the car and be sure to provide plenty of water and bathroom breaks along the way. Never leave your dog unattended in the car when you make a pit stop, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Always keep your dog on a leash in public areas.
Even the best trained dogs should follow leash etiquette in public areas, including the common spaces at your hotel or other lodging accommodations. Keeping your dog on a leash that’s 6 feet or shorter will keep him in your sight and in your control.
Provide plenty of exercise for your dog on the trip.
Dogs are used to their routines, and an essential part of any dog’s routine is daily exercise. No matter where you travel to, make sure that it’s somewhere with a local dog park or trails to take a long walk. Providing your dog with enough exercise will keep his anxiety low and help prevent any negative behaviors, such as tearing up the family luggage in the hotel room.
Head to the vet for pre-trip vaccinations.
A pre-trip vet visit is a good idea to ensure that your dog is up to date on his shots. It’s also a good idea to provide flea and tick treatment before you travel, since these insects are much more common during the summer months.
For all the care you need to keep your dog safe and healthy, visit Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale. You can reach us online or schedule an appointment at (480) 800-4559.