July 1, 2017

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Tips for traveling with your dog!

Now that warmer weather is here, you may be excited about traveling to see family and friends. Of course you want the entire family to travel with you and that mean Fido too! Traveling with your dog can be fun, but make it effortless when you give these tips a try
  • Local Tag: If you plan to travel far from home, consider having an extra set of ID tags made with a local phone number – such as your local family, friends or even hotel. That way if your pet happens to get loose, his or her rescuer will know that someone is searching for them nearby.  Most pet stores have a do it yourself machine and at under $10 a tag, it is worth it!
  • Collar, Leash & Poop bags: Remember that taking Fido out of the car for potty breaks must include his collar being secured and him being leashed. Be prepared for them to sniff FOREVER before doing his business. Make sure to clean up after Fido! 
  • Trail Run: Take a trip around the block to see how he reacts. If your pooch gets car sick like one of mine, then reach out to the vet prior to going on the big trip!
  • Buckle up: Like people, pets are safest when restrained in the car – many states have laws about keeping pets in carriers or buckled up while on the road. My one pooch rides in his kennel, the place he feels the most secure!
  • Food and Water: Be sure to bring along Fido’s favorite food so as not to upset his stomach. A travel food and water dish is also perfect for pit stops.
  • Seat Covers/Blankets: Protect your seats from muddy paws, drool, dog hair and accidents! It is also good to bring some extra towels as well!
  • Vaccination Records: Keep a copy of all vaccination records in your dogs travel bad. Should an emergency arise once you are on the road, you will have the important information you need.
Please remember to never ever lock your pet in your car, even for a few minutes!!!  The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F and so on as the temperatures rise.    Don't let your pet become a victim of heat exhaustion!