Are you already planning a spring break getaway? If you’re considering bringing your canine companion, we at Spanish Trail Animal Hospital want to offer these tips on how to make your adventure a dog-friendly one.
#1: Choose a destination based on your pet’s characteristics
Although you may love the idea of lounging in the sizzling sun all day, your thick-coated malamute or squish-faced English bulldog may not appreciate suffocating in the heat, while your water-loving Labrador will likely enjoy a day frolicking in the surf. Before reserving your accommodations, think of your pet’s needs. She may be better off hiking through cool, shaded mountains, or zipping through the wine country in a convertible, so choose a location based on your pet’s breed characteristics.
#2: Brush up on your pet’s manners
If your large pup is not skilled at quietly leash-walking, or she jumps to greet people or lunges to play with other dogs, take the time to teach her polite manners before she travels. Nothing will ruin your relaxing getaway faster than chasing your fleeing pooch down the beach, or struggling to control her when visiting friends, or strolling through a national forest.
#3: Outfit your vehicle for your pet
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, your pet will need to hitch a ride in your vehicle to get to your ultimate transportation mode. Ensure she arrives safely at the airport, train station, or your final destination by outfitting your car with a doggy seat-belt and harness combo that will keep your pet securely strapped in, or by purchasing a crate or carrier designed for travel. Don’t forget to stock up on food, treats, bedding, and toys to keep your pet entertained, and to pack her leash, collar, ID tags, and vaccination records.
It’s essential to include your dog’s health before traveling. Make sure your pup is up to date on vaccinations and parasite prevention. Contact us to schedule an appointment.