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Traveling With Dogs

Are you going to be traveling for the holidays this year? If you’re driving out of town, you may very well be planning to take your pup with you. Fido loves road trips! Just be sure to put your canine companion’s health and safety first. A local White Rock, TX vet discusses traveling with dogs in this article.

Veterinary Care

Before taking Fido out of town, make sure that he is up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control. Bring copies of your pup’s paperwork with you. Put paper copies in your glove box, so you always have them. You can also take picture of them with your phone, or email them to yourself, so you can always access them. If your pet takes medication, make sure to bring a few extra days’ worth, in case you’re delayed.

Packing

Don’t forget to pack a bag for the pup! Fido will need bedding, food, toys, treats, a leash and collar, dishes, grooming supplies, waste baggies, and food. If you’re going somewhere cold, bring doggy clothes. Pet wipes and towels are optional, but may come in handy. You may also want to bring some of the water your pup usually drinks, as unfamiliar water could upset that furry belly.

Traveling

Dogs should always travel in crates: it’s much safe for both Fido and his human pals. Make your canine pal’s crate nice and comfy by adding soft bedding, as well as some toys. If your furry friend isn’t used to being crated, start working with him before your trip.

Reservations

Always confirm Fido’s reservations as well as your own. It’s also a good idea to print out a list of dog-friendly hotels along your route, just in case you end up stopping somewhere unexpectedly.

Carsickness

Just like people, dogs can—and do—get carsick. If your pup gets queasy in the car, get him ready for a long drive by taking smaller rides around town. Always keep a window cracked, to ensure that your pet is getting enough fresh air. Avoid feeding Fido just before you leave, as he may get more nauseous on a full stomach. Last but not least, stop frequently so your canine buddy can stretch his legs.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us if we can ever be of assistance. As your White Rock, TX pet clinic, we are happy to help!

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