Summer usually includes at least one venture away from home with the entire family and “Fido” is, after all, a part of the family.
Preparation and planning go into making a vacation a fun experience for everyone. How much thought is given to Fido’s comfort and enjoyment?
Start by making a list of the things that need to be taken with Fido. The list should include health papers with the veterinarian’s contact information, Hubbard Life dog food, Fido’s favorite eating and drinking dish, a water container, a couple of favorite toys, Fido’s bed and a travel kennel, depending on the living arrangements on the road. Also, don’t forget leashes, an extra collar and grooming items.
Keep in mind that this list requires a great deal of space. Now may be the time to re-think Fido making the trip and instead being checked into a plush Pooch Spa Resort where they get the royal treatment while the family goes on the trip. But if that is out of the question, read on.
Know ahead of time what, if any, restrictions the places you stay or visit have regarding pets. Places like state or federal parks have regulations posted on their websites for pets. Most require that they be kept on a leash at all times.
When on vacation there is a natural tendency to eat and sleep on a much different schedule than when at home. We usually adjust to this quite well but that may not be the case with Fido. The best plan is to keep pets on schedule. Avoid the temptation to share some of the delicious barbecue, hotdogs or pizza. The combination of an extreme diet change and a couple more hours in the car may be a bad mix than can ruin a great day.
Be cautious leaving Fido in the vehicle for a prolonged period of time. Vacation typically takes us to areas where we are not as familiar with the climate as we are at home. An example is in the mountains where the overnight lows may approach freezing. We may head out on a hike with several layers of clothes on and be sheading them as afternoon temperatures soar into the 90’s. Fido would not be doing well in the car in the afternoon.
The likelihood of Fido coming into contact with other pets is pretty close to 100 percent. While they may appear healthy, you never know what might be incubating in their system and contagious to Fido. This is why it is critical that all annual vaccinations are up-to-date and have been given at least two weeks prior to the trip. Most clinics are open to moving vaccination schedules ahead to help you prepare Fido for a healthy, safe trip. You may want to inquire with a veterinarian about any other things they would suggest to take along like nausea medication, which is especially important for a first time traveler. Another consideration is external parasite prevention.
Some detail to the things above will better insure an enjoyable trip for the entire family. At Hubbard Life we not only provide your pet with proper nutrition we share with you the practical day to day things that make living with our pets more enjoyable. For more information go to www.hubbardlife.com or catch up with us on Twitter or Facebook. Safe travels!
Posted on 6/28/2012 by Dr. Dave Whittington | Category: Dog
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