Are you and your Best Dog Friend excited to travel beyond the same four walls this summer? Us too. Here are five tips to help make summer travel with your dog a little easier.
- Ensure your plans are pup-friendly.
Traveling by plane? Check your preferred airline allows dogs and confirm the latest rules and requirements before booking your flight. Also note that air travel can be dangerous for dogs, especially in hot summer months, so do your research. Road tripping? Plan enough space in the car for a crate or travel bed and make sure your chosen route allows for frequent pet-friendly breaks for stretching, playing, hydrating and going to the bathroom. Call all hotels in advance to make sure they allow dogs and ask about pet policies, additional fees and other requirements. Be in the know before you go so you and your doggo can travel safely and stress-free.
- Check in with your vet pre-trip.
Schedule a visit with your vet well before you leave to confirm that your pooch is healthy enough for the itinerary you have planned. Your Best Dog Friend should also be up to date on all their vaccinations, and don’t forget to ask about any medications they may need for the trip, like flea and tick meds and anti-nausea aids if your pup is prone to carsickness. It also helps to get an updated copy of your pet’s vet records should you need to share them with anyone during your travels (some hotels require it). Get your dog microchipped (if they aren’t already) and double check that your pet is properly tagged with up to date identification info and your phone number in case you get separated during the trip.
- Make a list—and check it twice.
Packing for yourself (and your fam) can be stressful enough. It’s easy to forget all of the things your dog will need while on the road. Make a list ahead of time so you don’t leave anything important behind. Below are some checklist items to help you get started: