Just like any other member of the family, it is important that your pet is prepared for travel. By planning ahead and following these few simple tips, you and your dog can enjoy a relaxing vacation together.
Before you depart, it’s important to check that your dog is in a fit state to travel. Take them for a checkup at the vet to determine their health and ensure their vaccinations are up to date.
Make sure you pack all the supplies your pet needs to enjoy their holiday. Ensure that they have a sturdy leash and collar with identification tags attached. To make them feel more comfortable in a foreign setting, pack their bedding and a favourite toy. Also remember to bring a supply of dog food so that they can maintain a healthy diet while away.
Just like humans, dogs can find travelling stressful, tiring and boring. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary precautions to make sure they feel at ease.
If you are planning on travelling by bus, boat, train or airplane your dog will need a pet carrier or crate. To ensure that your furry little friend is comfortable, the crate will need to be large enough for them to stand and lie down. Make sure that you purchase a crate with ventilation and that it is fitted with a mat and water bottle.
If you are travelling by car, it may still be a good idea to use a pet carrier. If you decide to do without, make sure that your dog remains seated at all times while in transit and ensure they are wearing an appropriate sized dog car harness. Do not let them ride in the tray of a ute, back of a truck or with their head out the window. Never leave your dog alone in your vehicle.
By following these few simple tips you can ensure that your pet will have a ball next family vacation.