How to Pack for a Dog

By: Petfriendly.ca

As dog owner, it's challenging if you are leaving for a trip. Not only are you packing for yourself, but you're packing for your dog!

Dog Travel Checklist.
How to Pack for a Dog. Here's a quick list of things to prepare for your dog travel.

  • Medications
    Before you leave, consult with your vet. Pick up refills of any medications your dog will need while you are away ... and find out whether or not there are any health concerns about the area to which you are traveling -- for example, fleas and ticks are common concerns which can be alleviated with certain medications. Talk to your vet.
  • Kennel or Carrier
    Some places ask that you kennel your dog if you are going out and leaving him in the room. The kennel is also a safe way for your dog to travel; please don't let your dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck; he could fall out and suffer serious injuries. If your dog is prone to jumping out of the car unexpectedly (ie. while at a rest stop, or when the doors are opened), the kennel will keep him safe.

  • Food and water bowls
    Keeping your dog on the same diet that he's accustomed to will help to prevent an upset stomach. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, you may also want to bring water. Don't forget to bring along a few treats!
  • Stain remover & cleaning supplies!
    Please be courteous and clean up as much dog hair as you can. Vacation rentals do not have to allow dogs; a few minutes spent cleaning can help to ensure that our four-legged friends continue to be welcomed.
  • Plastic bags
    These are for picking their pooch. 
  • Grooming tools
    Bring a comb or brush, nail clippers, dog shampoo, and anything else your dog needs. Your active dog may end up needing a bit of a 'touch-up' after a happy day hard at play! Bring extra towels for wiping those muddy paws and wet or dirty bodies! 
  • Collar and leash(es).
    If you are travelling to a remote area, consider bringing an extra leash - just in case one of them breaks. 
  • Bedding
    Many vacation rentals ask that dogs stay off the beds or furniture, so your dog will appreciate a comfortable dog bed or blanket.
  • Identification
    Be sure to record the license numbers, tattoo numbers, and microchip numbers of your dogs and bring this list. 
  • Vaccination records and other documents.
    If you are travelling from another one country to another, be sure to check what types of vaccinations your dog will need. Bring an up-to-date record with you. Also check whether or not there are any special requirements for either traveling into the country, or returning to your own.
  • Recent Dog photo
    Unfortunately, if your dog is lost while you are travelingFree Reprint Articles, the photo will prove to be a handy tool when describing him to others. 

Lastly, bring a First aid kit. Accidents do happen. 

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