Traveling with your dog

Earlier this week, we were talking about traveling with kids, and how to do that right. But what about when the four-footed members of your family come along? Today let’s look at some tips that might help you with that.

  • I have seen a lot of hotels that advertise that they are pet a friendly. But I’m not sure that means the same thing to everyone. So you will want to call ahead to make sure your dog will have everything he needs.
  • Before you leave on your expedition might be a great time to take your pet to the vet, just to make sure that there are no health problems to watch out for along the way.
  • Some hotels, campgrounds, and other accommodations provide everything you may need for your pet. But that is the exception and not the rule. So at the minimum, you will want to take your dog’s food and a leash. Did the vet put your dog on any medicine? Be sure not to forget that.
  • Buckle up for safety, ever heard that expression? That’s true not just for you, but also for your pet. Pet stores sell doggie seats and harnesses. And keeping your dog secure also means that your pet will not do anything crazy while you’re driving keeping you safer as well.
  • Going to the bathroom, it’s something all of us do. Does your pet go on command? That’s something you might want to work on before your trip. It will make bathroom breaks quicker, and will enable your pet to get used to going anywhere.
  • Your pet is going to need to take a break out of the car every few hours. Factor those stops in when you’re considering your overall driving time. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Look up some vets in the place you are going just in case an emergency comes up. Keep that information on your phone.
  • Never feed your dog right before your trip. Feeding them a couple of hours will help ensure that your dog will not make a mess in your car.
  • Take your pet on a test drive just to make sure they do well in the car. Drive for at least an hour or two to make sure they do well. If they do not well on that drive, you are going to be better off to find a dog sitter for your trip.
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Can service animals cruise?

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of animals. My siblings have pets, and I like them because whose when we’re with the pets we’re with the people. And this is not a post that will tell you to Fido on your trip just because you can’t stand to leave him home. There are disabled people who truly need the help of a service dog. And I’m also going to say this. , a lot of times, the people who need service dog the most do not have visible disability.

Anyway, stepping off of soap box now… Cunard is a cruiseline that will allow service animals to travel with their owners. The animals must have kennels. They must also have a pet passport and comply with the Pets Travel Scheme.. Okay, the kennel seems. But let’s look at what it takes to get a pet passport.

  • The United States does not require this, but it is a good idea to get a microchip put on your pet. This enables you to identify your pet in case you get separated from your pet.
  • Your pet needs to be caught up on its rabies shot . So go to your veterinarian, and make sure that gets taken care of.
  • Dogs must also be tested for screwworm and tapeworm.. Okay, basically your dog needs a clean bill of health from your veterinarian.

I would love to know your thoughts any of this. Please let me know.