Across the United States, plans are underway for summer vacation, and traveling with a pet can be a daunting and stressful task for both you and your furry friend.
Denver Hounds Town USA owners Rob Taylor and Phil Camping share some tips for traveling with your pets this summer.
Here are some travel tips:
- Make an appointment with the veterinarian: If you plan to travel with your dog, it is essential to ensure that he is in good health. Your veterinarian can screen for any potential risk factors. Also, if you’re traveling with your dog, you’ll likely need to show proof of current vaccinations.
- Exercise! If your dog is in a car or on a plane for a long time, be sure to give him plenty of exercise before traveling. This will keep them calm so they can enjoy the trip.
- Stick to your routine: Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive on routines. Try to stick to your normal routine when traveling. This means walking at the same time, feeding them at the same time, and giving them lots of attention/exercise.
- Avoid separation anxiety. New places and environments can trigger separation anxiety in dogs, whether it’s a new home or a hotel room. Always bring a portable crate with you when you can and leave your pup with a valuable treat in his crate.
- NEVER leave your dog in a hot car, even for a few moments. Your dog cannot regulate its body temperature the same way you do. It only takes a few minutes for them to get too hot.
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