Taking your dog on holiday can be great fun, but there are a few things you need to know to make the trip go as smoothly as possible.
Here are 6 tips for having fun with your dog away from home:
- Make sure your pet is up to date on injections and flea/heartworm prevention.
- Leave enough food and water for emergencies; take extra with you just in case.
- Prepare mentally and emotionally – knowing your furry friend is safe will help ease any stress you may feel, both during the trip itself and when you return home (if all goes well).
- When you go on holiday, one of the most important things to do is plan your schedule according to your pet’s needs. You don’t want to leave them at home all day, but you also don’t want them to be alone all day. If your pet is a dog, it is important to know how best to entertain them when you are not home. When you go out for a walk, play with them at the park or take them with you on hikes and bike rides, be sure to bring their favourite toy, Kong and plenty of treats. Keep an eye on them and make sure they eat too.
- If your dog gets sick while you’re away, the best way to handle the situation is to stay calm and get to know their normal routine. If he’s a dog who barks a lot when he’s ill, try to limit his barking by planting him and keeping him in a quiet place while he’s ill. If it is a more serious illness, you will need to call a vet to come and assess the situation.Airlines have rules about animals on planes, but in general, most allow dogs on the carrier or a leash. When you are holidaying with your pet, the best way to have a happy and healthy holiday is to make sure you take the time to prepare in advance. Plan meals and snacks and whether you will need to bring a crate, leash or car boot. Remember to pack their accessories, such as a mat, pillow and chew toy, and avoid leaving them in hot cars or kennels during your trip. Not only will they be grateful for your absence, but they will also be healthy and safe.