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8 tips for travelling with your dog in 2019

Because a holiday isn’t a holiday without your four-legged friend

Written by Dr. Steph Wenban

July 29, 2019

1. Make sure your dog is actually welcome

Not all hotels and AirBnBs will be happy to host your tail-wagging travel buddy. Check ahead to make sure that the place you’re staying definitely allows dogs and if so, whether they apply any rules around this. For instance, many hotels and AirBnBs will require that you never leave your dog unattended during your stay... which may pose some problems if you have an action-packed itinerary.

 

 

2. Budget time for toilet breaks

If you’re travelling to your destination by car, try to stop at least every 2 hours to give your dog a chance to go to the toilet and stretch their legs. 

Just remember that these pullover spots are usually close to fast moving traffic. So always keep your little bud on a leash. 

 

3. Consider using a calming travel spray

If your dog gets anxious on long car rides, it might be worth using a calming travel spray like this one by Adaptil. The liquid released by the spray mimics the naturally comforting pheromones that mothers release around their pups, which have been proven to soothe your dog during times of stress. 

 

4. Pack your pup’s medical records

Before setting off for your trip, ask your vet for an updated copy of your dog’s medical records - be it a print-out or digital file you can quickly access on your phone. Chances are, you won’t need this info at all. But if your best bud does happen to fall ill or get injured, then their medical history will come in handy for the local vet treating them.

5. Brush up on the local bug life

Parasites differ from region to region. So before jetting off to your destination, take a minute to brush up on the local bug life. One great resource for doing this is the ESCCAP website

6. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Yep… dogs need sunscreen too! (Especially those guys and gals with white fur and pink skin).

Before venturing out for a day of fun in the sun, rub some pet safe sunscreen on your pup’s nose as well as the tips of their ears.

If you can’t find a pet safe sunscreen, a babies or children’s sunscreen will provide a safe alternative. Just make sure it doesn’t contain zinc oxide as this can be toxic to your dog if they happen to swallow it.

 

7. Stick to a routine

Sticking to your dog's regular routine will help them adapt to their new surroundings faster. Where possible, try to keep it business as usual by feeding, walking and putting your pup to bed at the same time you would if you were at home.

Another great way to help them feel more settled is by bringing along a few familiar items, such as their bedding and a few favourite toys.

8. Keep the cool air coming

While you’re out sunning yourself, spare a thought for your four-legged friend and how they may, or may not, be coping with the warmer conditions.

Yes, dogs can cool themselves down by panting. But in humid climates, this becomes less effective. So on those extra steamy days, don’t subject your pup to any unnecessary time outdoors. Instead, they should be kept inside with either a fan or air conditioner and plenty of fresh water. 

For more tips on beating the heat, check out vet Steph’s 9 tips to keep your dog cool this summer.

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