Vacation time! We all want to chill and leave responsibilities for later. The only worries should be relaxing, sleeping, eating and having a great time with family or friends. But what happens when your friends are more furry than usual, enjoy digging holes in the ground and chasing rubber balls?
That’s right! Traveling with pets requires taking several aspects into consideration in order to prevent a chaotic experience.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered some tips that will help you enjoy your vacation time with your best friend, rather than experiencing a four-legged nightmare.
Whenever you’re planning to take your pet on vacation, a wise idea would be booking your stay in a pet-friendly hotel. You don’t want to arrive to your destination, just to find that your furry buddy won´t be admitted.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, planes are not safe for pets. So unless it is absolutely necessary, your pet will be safer with a friend or relative until you get back home. Whenever you really need to take them with you, call your airline in advance and ask for the cabin; you’ll probably be allowed to carry a small dog or cat with you by paying an extra fee, but it is subject to availability.
So you’ve decided not to fly, but to drive your way to your destination… That’s great, but it’s not that simple either. It may seem easier to medicate your pet in order let him (and you) enjoy a calm trip; however Mr. Cesar Millan himself recommends that you never do that. Instead, he recommends having your dog well exercised before the ride. This way you’ll all enjoy a more relaxed trip while the furry one takes a good and natural sleep.
Before visiting a beach, make sure it’s pet-friendly; visit its website to learn about its rules. Some beaches allow dogs only during the offseason, but there may be certain rules, like keeping your dog with a leash at all times. No matter how well trained is your furry friend, consider there are several factors that may distract him, such as birds, sounds, food or other dogs, just to mention a few.
5. Extreme temperatures
Be extremely cautious of elevated temperatures. Your dog could get too excited and make too much exercise, which may turn into a heat stroke. You can identify this condition whenever you notice a thick salivation, rapid panting or vomiting. Some other signs may include weakness, diarrhea, or an extremely red tongue. In that case take him to a shade and give him small amounts of fresh cool water; additionally apply some ice to chest, head and neck, while you can take him to a vet.
Of course there are a lot more recommendations for pet traveling, so if you think we’ve missed something important, don’t hesitate to leave your feedback in order to nourish this post.