Today we have 4 Tips that make traveling with your dog easier than ever!
Have Lighted Leash and Collar – Will Travel
Do you hear the call of the open road? Summer’s almost here! Whether you’re thinking of heading to Grandma’s, the mountains, the lake, the beach or anywhere in between, it’s a good time to start planning if you want to take Fido along.
You need to find out if your pets are welcome where ever you may go for one thing. Sounds crazy — we know — but the world isn’t always as pet-friendly as we’d like. Nothing kills summer fun like showing up at your rental and discover – too late!—they won’t let Fido stay (that happened to one acquaintance!)
But that won’t happen to you because you’re smart and organized. You’ve booked pet-friendly accommodations and planned your route. You’re also safety conscious.
Tips for Planning Your Summer Vacation with Your Dog
- Your dog needs to be secure in the car. Imagine hitting the breaks and an 80 pound dog slams into your back. At 50 miles an hour, that’s equivalent of 2400 pounds of force. Ouch! We like a good canine seat belt harness to keep your pet secure. Not only does it keep everyone safe but some states have passed laws regarding securing your pet in the car.
Some of these new rules outlaw driving with small dogs in your lap – not a good idea –while others require seat belts for your pooch. You’ve got to admit, it’s a good idea to prevent loose dogs. Not only can they be hurt in an accident but they’re distracting if they’re roaming around the car.
- A lighted LED collar and leash will keep you both visible so you’ll be seen on night-time – or early morning walks. Imagine your pet prancing along the beach or sidewalk with a lighted flashing collar. She’ll be the star of the Boardwalk.
- It’s also good planning to pack a small first aid kit. Make sure you have some bandages and first aid cream. Bring copies of your pet’s medical records and the numbers to your vet and an emergency vet. Everyone will want to know that your pet is up-to-date on her shots and be aware of any health concerns.
Speaking of first-aid, we’re big fans of paw protection. Hot sand and asphalt can burn your pet’s paws. Hikes in the woods can lead to cuts when she steps on a sharp rock or tangles with a stick. Walks on the beach can result in spurs in our pup’s paws. Prevention is always the best medicine!
- Pack a portable water dish for the car. You don’t want to be rooting around in the trunk looking for something to serve as a makeshift dog bowl. Bring bottled water for traveling and plan your route to include rest stops.
Depending on the age and energy level of your dog(s), you might plan extra time at those rest stops for energy burning – or, even see if there’s a nearby dog park you can use. Everyone knows a good puppy is a tired puppy.
Pack plenty of your pet’s food too. And treats! Treats can ease the stress of travel.
Traveling with pets can be fun but requires a little extra planning. Start now and you’ll have a fantastic summer vacation.
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This is a guest post written by Jen at Canine Care Products. Check them out because they have some great products for dogs!
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