Going on holidays with your pet can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips to keeping your pet safe and happy while away.
· Make sure your dog’s microchip details and I.D tags are up to date. Being in an unfamiliar environment can heighten their desire to escape and increase the risk of becoming lost. Staying on top of your pet’s identification will enable a quick and safe reunion if needed.
·Packing essentials. A list of things needed to make the experience less stressful:
Ø Ample food and water (for the car ride and your stay)
Ø Prescribed medication
Ø Insect repellent and sunscreen (yes, dogs require this too)
Ø Carrier /crate
Ø First aid kit
Ø Treats and toys
Ø Lead and collar
Ø Bedding and familiar items from home. Your dog may feel out of place in a new environment so having familiar items will help them feel more settled and at home.
Ø Doggy towels if you’re heading to the beach
Ø Travel food and water bowls
Ø Poop bags
· Pet safety in the car is a must, not just for your pet but also for you and other family members in the car. Dogs should never be seated on the driver’s lap or the front passenger seat. A crate or harness is a good way to keep your dog secure and safe.
· If it’s a long drive, regular breaks are essential to keeping your pet comfortable and allowing them to have a stretch, play, have a toilet break and hydrate.
When You Arrive
· Spend time introducing your dog to the new environment. Having a play or throw of the ball will even give the new area a positive feel.
· Check that all fences and gates are secure and if needed find a safe place that your dog can be tethered out from all the elements.
· A thunder shirt is a great tool for those dogs that tend to get a bit of anxiety in new places, helps them feel safe and secure.
Lastly, have fun and enjoy!!
Bianca is the owner and groomer at Funky Fur dog grooming and always looking for ways to help you care for your pet.