The summer may be coming to an end, but thanks to the loosening of the Coronavirus regulations, Van Life travels are back on, and what better way to travel than with your furry companion? Your dog will be able to explore new places and enjoy new experiences, but they can also help keep you company when traveling by offering comfort and companionship.
If your pooch has been with you from the start of their small-dog years, they may not have a concept of how things work in a different country just yet. For those who are uncertain about whether or not taking them along is going to be possible, keep reading for some amazing tips to keep both them and you safe and happy on the road.
As soon as you think that it’s safe to travel with your dog, contact your local vet. They will be able to tell you what vaccinations are required for the country you are traveling to and direct you to any necessary professional boarding facilities.
If your local vet doesn’t have the information, seek out professional pet care services in the area you’ll be traveling to. Services like those provided by Exceptional Pets that are well-rounded and include daycare as well as veterinary care are best to look for.
Traveling in a vehicle with your dog for any length of time can be difficult because of the confined space. This is why it’s important to set up a designated space for your dog that suits their needs and keeps them happy and comfortable.
Being on the road is not a time to realize that the cheap leash you bought at Target doesn’t do the job. This is why getting a good-quality leash for your dog is essential, especially if you’re traveling alone. Look for ones that are constructed of heavy-duty leather, have plastic handles to avoid the risk of an accident happening when you are in motion, and are easy to get onto and off of your dog while they are wearing them.
It’s important to keep their dog’s identification tags up to date, especially with your local cell phone number if you’ve had to switch SIM cards. Having a microchip in your dog is great, but the collar with your number and contact details on it is really your first line of defense for reuniting you both should you and your pooch get separated. It’s also a good idea to photograph your dog and keep the photograph on hand in case you need to show it to a police officer.
If your dog is prone to getting cuts and scrapes, pack some gauze pads and ointments as well as pain relief medication. If your dog is a bit of a bather or prone to constantly scratching its ears or rubbing against things, packing some canine ear cleaner and an antiseptic spray is a good option, too.
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