A recent study indicates that 37% of dog owners opt to skip holidays because they do not have someone to look after their pet dog when they are away. Nonetheless, it is possible to carry your dog when going on a trip so you will not miss the fun. Probably, this thought sounds overwhelming, but these tips will put your mind to rest.
Start by preparing your canine friend for a tour. Begin by investing in a microchip that you should tie on the dog’s collar so that vets can identify the owner of the pet if it gets lost during the journey. Remember to include your name and contact information on the dog’s collar so people and contact you if the dog is lost. Besides, make a habit of carrying the dog in your car for short miles so that it can get used to being car rides.
Secondly, get a travel kit for your canine friend ready. Make sure to include things such as grooming equipment, food and treats, seat belt, leash, plastic bags, and a bowl in your travel kit. If you pack all the accessories carefully, you will not need to stop at the closest pet store for more supplies.
Thirdly, it is inadvisable to let your dog stay in the car alone after you make a stop during the journey. If you leave the pet in the car during a sunny day, the car can become too hot; thereby, making your dog to suffer from a heat stroke. On the contrary, the car can become so cold that the dog may freeze to death.
A crate shelter will be essential in case you are planning to carry the dog on a plane ride. There are some airlines that will let you keep the dog under your plane seat. Nevertheless, carry the vaccination documents since the aircrew will ask for the documents to confirm that the dog has received all the crucial healthy medications. There are dog owners who tranquilize the pet during travel so that they do not get stressed. Nonetheless, when possible, do not tranquilize your dog because the drugs might make it impossible for the animal to breath comfortably. If it is possible, take a direct flight since the process of changing airplanes may stress your dog further.
A dog crate is an essential investment since it will shelter the dog throughout the journey. Make sure to indicate that the dog crate is carrying a live animal, so the handlers will ensure they will not injure your dog. On the same note, consider leaving the crate unlocked because someone else might need to save your dog in the case of an emergency.