Top 10 Traveling with Your Dog Tips
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
May 26, 2011
Filed Under Travel
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Traveling with your pet can be as challenging, and maybe even more so, then traveling with a troupe of rowdy children.
You may need a sedative. Here are the top 10 things you need to know when traveling with your dog:
10. Don’t do it
Consider leaving the family pet behind with a trustworthy pet-sitter. If that is not an option then you have to plan well in advance particularly if you are taking an air flight and Lassie is going with you.
9. Get to the groomer
Before departing on your trip, bathe your pet, so he doesn’t look like he just came in from a roll in the mud. First impressions and all that jazz. Nobody wants a scruffy scalawag of a dog next to them in the hotel lobby, except perhaps his owner who is blinded by love and thinks he’s the most beautiful creature on earth, despite the ground in mud on his face.
8. Exercise your dog
If possible, give your pet a good workout before departing on the trip. This way he will be pooped and will end up sleeping while he is traveling. Hallelujah!
7. Pack well
Pack your pet’s toys, food, dog bowl and medication and make sure that he has proper identification attached to his dog collar. You will need a leash and harness for big dogs, and some plastic bags and a pooper scooper for cleaning up after him when you make stops.
6. Easy on the H2O
Don’t feed your dog a lot of food or give him a lot of water hours before going on the trip.
Attach information about your pet to the container that he is traveling in so that he can be readily identified. This should include his name; your name and phone number and your flight number and your destination. Your pet should also be wearing some form of dog ID.
4. Consider the time of year
Some airlines allow pets in the cabin. Some don’t. Consider the weather and the time of the day when traveling on an airplane with a pet. Fly in the morning or evening in the summer months so that your pet doesn’t get too hot whether he’s in the cabin or cargo area. Fly midday during the winter months so he doesn’t get too cold. Select a non-stop direct flight to your destination so that your dog and his travel gear arrive without hitch.
If your pet is going to be in a dog travel kennel while in the airplane, do a dress rehearsal so that he can get used to being in the crate. Don’t spring these accommodations on him at the last minute because he is likely to freak out.
2. Vet check
If you are traveling a long distance or taking an air flight consult with your veterinarian before departing. Is the animal updated on his shots? If not, he needs to get his shots. The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) does not recommend giving your pet a sedative before travel because the outcome can be unpredictable and potentially fatal. When an animal is sedated, he can’t balance and maintain his equilibrium, notes veterinarian Dr. Patricia Olson of the American Humane Association. Furthermore, when the crate is moved the animal may not be able to brace himself because of the sedative effect and can get injured.
1. Pet-friendly accommodations
Do not goof up and book a motel or hotel room in a facility that is not pet friendly. If you do that, Rover is going to have to spend the night in the car, or you’re going to have to cancel your reservations and all of you are going to be camped out in the vehicle.