Tips for Bringing Your Pets on Vacation

Tips for taking your pets with you on vacation

Taking your dog or cat along on vacation can be more fun for everyone. By planning carefully, you can keep everyone including your pets safe and happy. We pulled together some ‘trip tips’ for your consideration to make traveling with your pet enjoyable.

Pet Health and Safety

Health Checks. Bring your dog or cat to the veterinarian for a checkup before going on an extended trip and make sure all their vaccinations are up to date. Ask your veterinarian if your pet is in proper mental and physical shape to travel and remember that not all pets will enjoy going on a trip.
To keep your dog healthy as you travel, bring along a supply of his regular food. Do not forget the bottled water and be sure to bring any medications he needs. Collapsible bowls for food and water work great, are very convenient, and save space.

Traveling by Car

If they have never traveled in a car get your pet used to this new endeavor by letting them sit with you in the car without leaving the driveway, and then going for short rides. Here are some travel tips when travelling with your pet:

  • Avoid carsickness by letting your dog or cat travel on an empty stomach but make sure they have plenty of water at all times.
  • Keep the car well ventilated. If the dog is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
  • Consider a dog car safety seat belt or dog car seat to keep your dog safe.
  • Do not let your dog ride with his head sticking out of an open window. This can lead to eye injuries.
  • Never let your dog ride in the back of an open truck. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to severe injuries or worse.
  • Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks. Be sure to clean up after your pet.
  • Never, ever leave your pet unattended in a closed vehicle, particularly in the summer. If you must leave the car, designate a member of the family to stay with your pet.

Pet Crates

A Pet Crate is an excellent way to keep your pet safe in your vehicle and can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host’s home. Consider some of these features when purchasing:

  • Large enough to allow your dog or cat to stand, turn, and lie down.
  • Strong, with handles and grips, and free of interior protrusions.
  • Leak-proof bottom covered with absorbent material.
  • Ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.
  • Stock the crate with a comfortable mat, a favorite toy, water bottle, and your pet is ready to go.

Camping and Hiking

Going camping is a popular family activity, and an increasing number of pet owners are including their pets. For those who plan to take your dog or cat along for an outdoor adventure this summer or fall, here are some helpful camping safety tips.

  • Check the regulations of your destination to find out if pets are allowed in the park, on the hiking trails, and at the campsites.
  • Consider whether you and your pet will enjoy the experience of camping together. A dog that barks a lot, has no obedience skills, is afraid of strangers, or is anxious may not be ready to go camping.
  • Be prepared for bugs and give your pet flea and tick prevention treatments before your trip.
  • Trim your dog’s nails. Long, sharp nails can be tough on tent material.
  • Equip yourself for emergencies and pack a pet first aid kit to take with you.
  • Always keep your pet with you, day and night. Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle. When you leave the campsite, he goes with you. When you go into your tent to sleep, he stays with you. (You can bring his sleeping mat and an extra towel to wipe off muddy paws.)
  • Always make sure there’s fresh drinking water available. If there is not, you should carry in a good supply, along with pet food and lightweight, collapsible bowls. (If you are backpacking, consider bringing a dog pack, so he can carry his own supplies.)
  • Clean up after your dog. Be sure to bring pet waste poop potty bags, so you can pick up and dispose of any waste.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors. It is a joy and privilege to be able to bring your canine friend along. Keep him quiet and away from other campers, their food, and safe from unfamiliar pets.

Enjoy the journey with your pet

Hopefully, we have given you some ideas and thoughts about vacationing with your dog or cat. Depending on your destination and vacation activities do additional research and planning and have a wonderful time together with your family, friends and of course your pet.

Ellie’s Pet Supply