Here are some tips and ideas
on how to travel with dog and what to check before you take your dog on
Traveling With Dog
Most dogs like to travel and go for adventure. Natural hunting instincts make
them want to see new places and meet new people but it may pose a
problem to take the dog with you for many reasons. Many people are
afraid of dogs and dog messes are especially troublesome while
traveling. Many hotels and public transport services do not cater to
pets such as dogs and cats. A full-time pet sitter may be needed to see
after your dog while you are on a trip or may get it enrolled in a
professionally managed kennel. Make sure that the kennel, where your dog
has to live, is clean and comfortable. The dogs there should look happy
and cared for. Some kennels also allow you to give dog's own bed, toys
and food for his use during your absence. Good kennels accept dogs only
if they are vaccinated and immunized properly.
However, if you are insistent on taking the dog with you, here are the
few tips for you:
- Get a health certificate from your vet for your dog.
- Sturdy dog crates or carriers are must. Some airlines sell dog
carriers that are very sturdy but fairly expensive too.
- While some airlines will allow your dog to remain with you in the
passenger compartment others prefer to keep them in the luggage
- Dogs need air-conditioned and well-ventilated cars to keep him
- Don't let your stick his head out the window while the car is
- Do not leave the dog in a parked car unattended or in the sun to
protect him from fatal heat stroke or from being stole or kidnapped.
- Symptoms like rapid panting, fast pulse, excessive slobbering,
red eyes and gums, feverish temperature or vomiting, means that your
dog needs attention immediately. Place cool towels on your dog and
take him to the nearest veterinarian immediately.
- Every country has its own specific rules regarding traveling with
pets. Follow them carefully to avoid any hassles later.
- A valid rabies vaccination certificate and an official health
certificate in the other country's native language, notarized at the
local consulate, is always helpful.
- To prepare for a road trip, get a pet identification tag for your
dog first, complete with dog's name, owner's name and contact
- A first aid kit for your dog comes in handy to remove any ticks
that he may contact on the way.
- Getting a dog seat belt harness for riding the car is a good
- Take your do's beloved food and treats with you, enough to last
for the duration of the trip.
- Pack water, dog dishes, leash, favorite dog toys, brush, towels,
plastic bags for cleaning up after your dog, dog wear and dog
carriers or houses and all the things that will keep your dog happy
during the journey.
- Make sure to stop at least every 2-3 hours to allow your dog to
relieve himself and offer him water.