How to make traveling with a dog easier

7 Ways To Make Summer Traveling With Your Dog Easier

7 Ways To Make Summer Traveling With Your Dog Easier

  • August 18, 2022
  • Posted by Admin
  • Dogs, Cuddly Tails, News

Even though the warm temperature throws multiple challenges, the long days and relatively calm and starry nights offer the perfect ambience for you to travel and enjoy with your dog. Whether youíre going on an abroad trip, traveling within the country, or going on a small vacation around your town this summer, our tips will increase the amount of fun you and your dog will have.

These are the 7 ways to make summer traveling with your dog easier:

#1 Plan Thoroughly

If your memory isnít your best pal or if there is always something you forget to take with you before the trip, making a list comes in handy as it solves both the issues. To ensure that you note down every important thing, start making a list at least 15 days before your trip.

For air travel, check with your airline company if they allow dog travels in summer. If they do, then double check for breed-specific and time-specific restrictions. Additionally, always consult with your airline company and do some extra research for airline-specific regulations on dog travels so that there are no last minute objections that can ruin your trip.

If youíre traveling in your car, you donít want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with the heavy heat outside. Therefore, complete all the repairs your car needs beforehand and keep it in the best condition. Also, making short trips before the actual journey would help you in preventing motion sickness in your dog.

For international travels, youíll need to check the dog-related rules of your destination. Similarly, while doing your hotel reservations, check if the hotel allows dogs or not.

#2 Get Helpful Equipments

Dog gears like cooling vest, doggy footwear, cooling mat, collapsible bowl, temperature monitors (devices that alert you when the temperature around your pet crosses the threshold set by you), etc are indefinitely helpful and would make the overall travel experience for you and your fur friend great.

A dog crate is mandatory for air travel and also helpful for road travels. The best choice is to buy the biggest crate that your airline or car allows as the extra space would give room for your pup to move freely. Also, your dog would need training to adapt to living inside the crate.

Another helpful idea would be to get your dog microchipped so that you always know where they are in case you ever lose them.

#3 Exercise Before You Leave

The best possible outcome for you would be if your dog takes a nap during the travel time. Do some exercise before starting the journey so your dog is tired and would easily slip into sleep.

Whether you walk your dog, go on a hike, or simply play in the backyard for an extended time, drain all of your dogís excess energy so that they are in a lazy and tired state.

PS: Donít forget to keep your pupís favorite toys or youíll only curse and stress yourself later.

#4 Vet Visit & Grooming

For international and air travels, youíll strictly need to submit the health and vaccination certificate (and other information too) before the specified deadline. However, even if there are no such health-related regulations for car travels, paying a visit to the veterinarian would make sure that your dog is healthy enough to enjoy fully.

Maintaining a suitable amount of fur on your dog would help him greatly in cooling. However, you also donít want to increase the risks of sunburn by completely shaving or trimming too much of your dogís hair. So, check with your groomer and get your dog groomed perfectly.

#5 Take Appropriate Breaks

There is no need to explain the importance of appropriate food and water breaks. Feed your dog properly and keep him hydrated so that they have the required energy to travel. If youíre traveling in a flight, attach and fill a water bowl completely at the last moment.

When traveling in a long-distance flight with no journey breaks, you canít possibly have potty breaks. In that case, dog diapers and belly bands come in handy and help your dog a lot.

#6 Follow The Daily Routine

Dogs get accustomed to a specific routine and itís difficult for them to adapt to a sudden change. So, even though youíre going to a new place, try to keep the feeding and walking time the same. And since youíre in love with your dog, we donít need to remind you to give plenty of attention to your dog, do we?

#7 Inform Yourself About Dog Health Issues

You canít possibly help your dog in a health crisis if you donít understand the problem yourself. Though there are many health issues that can arise in summer in your dog, the two most common are dehydration and heatstroke.

Symptoms of dehydration (most but not all) are:

  • Loss of appetite and skin elasticity
  • Lethargy
  • Panting
  • Vomiting
  • Dry nose
  • Dry and sticky gums

Symptoms of heatstroke (most but not all) are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Seizure and coma
  • Bright red gums

The most essential aspect of traveling is that you keep your senses open to everything. Though these seven points would help you massively in organizing your dream trip, you should learn to look beyond these bullets.

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The CuddlyTails team

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