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How to Travel with Your Dog

No one wants to leave Fido behind when they head out. With a little planning, you can make your next trip a great one for you and your four-legged friend.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Update your dog's vaccinations and get a copy of the records. They are important if your dog is boarded or requires emergency care during the trip.
  • Step 2: Get your dog a well-fitting collar that includes an identification tag with your contact information.
  • TIP: If the phone number on your dog’s tags isn’t one where you can be reached, use masking tape to add a temporary contact number.
  • Step 3: Get a properly labeled, airline-approved crate for your dog if you'll be flying. Ask the airline what papers you need to bring.
  • Step 4: Determine where your dog should ride in the car. In a crate is the safest place, but a restraining harness with seat belt attachment will also work.
  • TIP: Don’t let your dog ride with his head out the car window or in the bed of a truck. Injuries can result from flying debris or from sudden starts and stops.
  • Step 5: Stop frequently for exercise and bathroom breaks. Use plastic bags to clean up after your dog. Offer your dog fresh water in a bowl.
  • TIP: Dogs can get carsick on long trips. Avoid feeding your dog for three hours prior to a trip to relieve carsickness.
  • Step 6: Feed your dog when you arrive at your destination or when you stop for the day. Include fresh drinking water.
  • Step 7: Give your dog a short walk to let him relax and unwind. He’s had a big day, and now you can both enjoy some well-earned down time.
  • FACT: Two dogs were among the survivors of the Titanic.

You Will Need

  • Your dogu2019s vaccination records
  • A dog collar
  • Identification tags
  • A dog crate or restraining harness
  • A sturdy leash
  • Plastic bags
  • Two bowls
  • Dog food
  • Masking tape

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