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Tips for Traveling with Dogs – Worry Free Vacations with Pets

Written August 15, 2017

Whether you’re traveling by trains, planes or automobiles, packing up your pooch and heading out for a long distance trip can be stressful on both pet and pet owner. Everyone has their own tips for traveling with pets, but there’s definitely a hierarchy as it relates to the safety and stress level of both animal and owner. Some tips for vacationing with dogs may relate to comfort, some are a necessity for their health and others may seem like common sense. We assembled all of our best tips and tricks for traveling with everyone’s favorite family member, broken down by importance and mode of transportation!

General Travel Must-Dos

Before boarding up your pup, there are some pretty serious must-dos to check off your travel checklist. Most of these are non-negotiable as they are for the wellbeing of your animal, but some are just to make your pet more comfortable until you reach your final destination.

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  • Veterinary Documents: The most boring, and probably most important thing you can bring. You never know what could happen while you’re away, and no matter what pops up with your pup you’ll be prepared if you need to prove ownership or take a trip to the vet. Medical records are a must! Speaking of vets…
  • A List of current Veterinarians near your location: Again, you never know what might happen and it will save you a lot of stress to have already mapped out help just in case.
  • Tags: It’s important that your tags have contact information where you will be able to respond should someone find your pet and need to call immediately. That means mobile phone numbers!
  • Medication: this one’s a no-brainer. If your pet needs medication, remember to pack it!
  • First Aid Kit: It never hurts to be overly prepared, so put together a little kit with tweezers, bandages, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, eyedroppers, mild sedatives and bottled water!
  • Your pup’s favorite treats and blanket: Not every pet is a perfect traveler, and these two items alone will 1) get tails wagging and 2) provide some comfort to anxious animals.
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Pets on Planes

Many people have issues flying on planes, and they are in complete control of their surroundings, so imagine how stressful it can be for pets. There are a lot of factors to consider like carriers, temperature extremes and airline policies that owners have to consider. That’s why we’ve got some expert tips to make both pets and owners a little more comfortable when wheels go up.

  • Check with your airline: make sure you’re familiar with your airline’s pet policy, it’s better to find out early on in the planning stage than when you’re getting ready to board! Many airlines require animals to be 8 weeks or older, and in good health and behavior. You should also make your reservation for a space for your dog as soon as possible and call again within 36 hours of departure!
  • Fly smart: Check for flights at night in the summer and during the day in the winter to make sure that temperatures are not uncomfortable for your pooch.
  • Feed Fido: You will want to feed your pet within four hours of check-in and provide plenty of water up until boarding.
  • Use a comfy carrier: Use a plastic carrier so that no part of your pet is sticking out in any way. Make sure the carrier is big enough to give your doggo some space to spread out and stand up. Make sure you remember to line the bottom with a towel (or that favorite blanket)! Before you put your dog in the carrier, make sure to attach the collar or harness and leash just in case they try to make a break for it upon arrival before you can get them all set up.

Driving with your Dog

The most common mode of transportation when traveling with dogs is definitely the car. The driver is in control and the ability to stop at any point allows animals to travel much more comfortably. The prep is also much lower maintenance when traveling by car as well!

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  • Cover it up: Don’t skimp on the seat covers! They make cleaning up the daily dose of dog hair, drool, snacks and even accidents a breeze. They can also help protect your interior from scratches and claw marks!
  • Vets along the route: Map out vets along your travel route and you’ll be prepared in case anything happens along the way!
  • Train with short trips: Get your pups ready for the ride by giving them a couple of meals in the car beforehand and end car rides with a fun stop like a dog park, beach or walk!
  • Know the signs of car sickness: Keep your eyes peeled for hunching over, shaking, excessive drooling and finally vomiting.
  • No lapseat drivers: Make sure your pup is secured in the vehicle, the best way to do this is by getting them all set up in a spacious crate. Just like above- they should be able to stand up, turn around and move comfortably.

The Doggie Destination

Make sure there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for your dog by taking them somewhere not just pet-friendly but full of pet fun! With play areas located on both of their properties, pet packages, pet room-service and so much more TradeWinds Island Resorts is a great destination for barks on the beach.

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