Other items to pack when you travel with dogs include
your veterinarian records, any medications, and his implant chip information if he is microchipped. It is a good idea to have some kind of ID on him, as well as ID attached to his collar, just in case he should get loose. Also, it’s a good idea to have several recent photos of your dog in case he gets lost. This applies to travel by plane or car.
GPS for your pet? Yes, it’s now a very affordable choice!
Recommended in conjunction with microchipping, they allow you to track your pet in the event you become separated. Of course, it is possible for him to lose the collar or tag. Microchipping is still recommended as a backup, but with the two together, along with your safety precautions, should keep your pet safely with you as you travel.
The Marco Polo system is self-contained so does not rely on GPS. Many use it with their microchipped pet, rather than the GPS system.
Traveling to the beach or planning a boating trip? Even a dog that can swim well will benefit from a water safety vest. These vests allow your dog to stay afloat more easily and their bright colors help you locate him. For those land trips that include hiking or camping, consider using a high visibility safety vest. These won’t keep him afloat in water, but will make him much easier to find, should you become separated.
Although you will probably have him well groomed prior to your vacation or other travel, you should remember to bring along some basic grooming tools such as brushes and combs, along with an extra towel for him. If your plans include the beach, a grooming glove or other brush can help remove that extra sand. For hiking expeditions, a comb that can help remove stickers and other plant material would be helpful. Also, include some basic medical supplies for him, should he incur a slight injury.
When you plan his food for the trip, also plan his water. Just as you may not like the water in another city or state, your dog also has such preferences. You can ease this transition by either carrying enough water from home with you (this works for small dogs on short trips) or by getting him used to a certain brand of store bought water that you will be able to purchase while traveling. This can help avoid some digestive upsets and keep him well hydrated.
For a nervous dog or one that does not travel well, check with your vet for natural or medicinal methods of helping keep him calm. One that is quite widely used is Rescue Remedy. It’s used by many, including those that work with rescue dogs. Your vet may have other options, too.
When planning to travel with dogs,
it’s best to plan ahead. Proper planning can help make your vacation with your pet a happy and memorable one!
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