Summer’s a great time to hit the road for a getaway, but if you’re taking your dog with you, it might feel overwhelming. After all, travelling with a pet can have its challenges. However, if you plan ahead, you can both enjoy the trip every step of the way. Here’s how to prepare for summer travel with your dog.
Make sure your pet is up-to-date on his shots before you start your travels. It’s also a good idea to have your vet check your pet to make sure they’re in good health. Take a copy of your pet’s vet records with you in case there’s any question about his health.
If you’re planning to board your pet, make sure you add the bordetella vaccination to your to-do list. This will help keep your dog safe from kennel cough and most kennels require proof before they’ll accept your pet. Also, make sure your contact information is up-to-date before you leave your dog. If he should happen to get lost or escape his kennel, this contact information could help reunite you with your pet.
Know your destination
Look for pet-friendly hotels that offer daily boarding services for your dog in the city you’ll be visiting. If the hotel doesn’t offer this service, check the area for kennels or doggie daycares that will take your dog. That way you can do all the sightseeing you want while your dog is cared for by professionals.
First time at the kennel
If you’ll be boarding your pet for the first time, you might want to test the waters before your trip. Let your dog stay in the kennel for a couple of days a few weeks before your trip. If your pet does well, you’ll worry less when you have to leave your pet for your longer trip.
Some kennels have cameras and let you log in to view your pet online at any time. If this helps allay your fears, take advantage of it, but don’t let your worries ruin your trip.
For more great tips on travelling with your pet this summer, speak to one of the friendly professionals at Bark Busters.