Dog Travel, Why leave your dog behind?
Determine how you are traveling, by car or are you and your dog going to travel by air. If you plan to travel by car here are some tips for traveling with your dog.
Dog Air Travel:
Ask at the time of ticket purchase if your dog is allowed to travel in the cabin with you. Most airlines require that large dogs be placed in the cargo hold in a crate. Small dogs can be placed in the cabin with you as long as their crate can slip under the seat in front of you. Extra fee may apply. However, there is now an airline that is purely dedicated to pet travel. No pets are put in cargo, they all ride IN the plane. No humans allowed, just animals. Very cool. It is called Pet Airways prices start at about $150 bucks.
Most Important: ID Tags.
Many dogs are lost while on family vacation because they were not wearing any type of ID Tag. ID Tags work best when they are always on your dogs’ collar. Without it, your fun family vacation can turn into a very unhappy experience.
Crates are great to use when you travel by private vehicle. Not only does a crate keep your dog safe from being thrown about the car, it keeps you as the driver safe from having your dog jumping about the car causing you to have an accident. Make sure the crate is large enough for your dog to be able to turn around in and lay down. And of course that it fits in your vehicle. Most crates can be seat belted in the car as well to keep movement to a minimum as well as they can be folded when not in use.
If a crate is not an option for you, purchase a harness. These can also attach to a seatbelt and keep your dog from roaming around in the car.
Always travel with 2 leashes, just in case you misplace one. It happens, I know. So now I always keep 2 extra leashes in my vehicle at all times.
Give your pet potty breaks. Since I always drove a gas guzzler, I would stop every 300 miles to gas up and let the dogs out for a potty break. It’s a great way to stretch all of your legs.
Water and Food:
Provide plenty of fresh water during your road trip. Each time you stop, make sure your dog gets a good drink of water. I wouldn’t feed them too much as this may upset their stomach. Feed your dog only ¼ of his normal feeding while traveling in the car.
You can confer with your veterinarian about giving your dog Dramamine. Your veterinarian can advise you of the proper dosage to give your dog if he is prone to car sickness.
Check with your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your dog is hyper while traveling in the car.
Roll up the Window:
Make sure the window is rolled up at least half way. All you need is for your silly pooch to jump out the window. They also have Front Seat Safety Barrier. It is a safety barrier to keep your dog in the back. If they are in the front, not strapped in and you were in an accident they could go through the windshield.
Dog License and Rabies Certificate:
Make sure you bring these items with you when traveling just in case you need to verify your dog is up to date on all of his shots and license.
Take your dog to the veterinarian for a health check if you don’t think he is able to travel or is coming down with something. While you are there you can ask your veterinarian about nausea pills and tranquilizers.
Pet Friendly Hotels:
If you aren’t staying with Aunt Bea, call before you make your hotel plans to make sure where you are staying is pet friendly. Nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination and finding out that your dog can’t stay with you and you will then have to have him kenneled. If you can’t take fido with you here is a great place to find worldwide pet-sitters.
NEVER leave your dog unattended in a closed up vehicle.
Travel by Train or Bus:
AmTrack and all bus lines do not allow pets
Travel by boat:
Call ahead, some cruise lines do allow for and have kennels aboard for your dog.
Here is a video that explains how to get your dog ready for traveling.