Tips on safe summer car travel with your dog

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 4.29.47 PMWhat’s a summer vacation if you can’t bring your dog along?  We love going on vacations, especially ‘Road Trips’ and you’ll want to endure that you’re properly prepared.  Here are some tips to reduce the stress while preparing for a safe and smooth car trip for you and your dog:
  • Safety first.  It’s best to keep your dog safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate.  There are lots of choices from wire, hard plastic and soft-sided crates.  Make sure it’s large enough for your dog to stand, sit and lie down.  And make sure the crate is safely secured within your vehicle.
  • Get ready for the long ‘Car ride’.  Get your dog ready for the longer vacation drive by taking him/her out for shorter drives first.
  • Do not leave your dog alone in the parked vehicle.  Never.  Ever!  In the summer especially the interior of every vehicle gets dangerously hot very quickly.  Even with windows open, the interior becomes a furnace very quickly.
  • Is your pet travel kit ready?  If you are crossing into the US, you’ll need proper travel papers of course.  A fully-stocked pet travel kit should include food, bowl, leash, poop scoop, poop bags, grooming, pet first-aid kit and a toy or two.
  • Dog ID.  Make sure your dog can be identified with appropriate information to contact you on a tag on their collar.  Better safe than sorry.
  • Hydration.  Bring your own.  And go for bottled water.  Drinking water from local sources may be safe but if he/she is not used to it, this could lead to upset stomachs.
  • Get a list of veterinary clinics In the areas you are travelling to.
  • Consider taking a Pet first aid course to ensure you are prepared in an emergency:  Pet First Aid Course.

At The Dog Stop we are dedicated to ensuring that you and your pet have a long and healthy relationship.  We offer Walks N Wags Pet First Aid courses for Dogs and Cats. From learning how to prevent illness and injuries to dealing with bleeding, broken bones, choking, CPR/AR and so much more. Our next course is June 14, 2015.  We also offer Training Programs for every age and stage.  Click here for details:  Training Programs.