Vacationing with your dogs in cars may be one of the greatest joys for the two of you. Needless to say, making arrangements for this kind of journey involve the two of you at the same time. Taking a few moments of your energy before you decide to venture, can certainly make the trip more pleasurable as well as more secure.
PREPARING FOR Your Journey
Can I see some Identification please . . .
It might appear redundant, but keep a copy of your veterinarian’s name, telephone number and facsimile number convenient. There tend to be accommodations that will need evidence of up-to-date vaccines, so having a duplicate handy can help you save time and hassle. We assume that your dog already possesses a dog collar. Getting an Identification tag is an easy matter. Virtually every veterinarian and pet shop provides forms or even the ability to design your own. We also advise that your dog be microchipped. This can be accomplished without having sedation, and it’s also a straightforward procedure. If you and your dog are divided while on a trip, this can raise the probabilities of reuniting you with your dog.
Is it safe?
Many of us consider using some sort of seat belt second nature, however, many haven’t secured their dog in the car. What many usually do not consider is the fact that your dog unfastened in the car is actually a safety issue for them also. Research indicates that a great many have been distracted by their dogs. As the cellular phone laws and regulations state, “Distracted driving is impaired driving.”
Choosing to secure your dog is a thing, finding out how you can is yet another. It’s not as though seat belts are made with regard to dogs, no matter what their dimensions. The simplest way to restrain your canine is to use a harness. There are numerous kinds offered at virtually any pet store or on the internet. These fabric harnesses are available in a number of sizes and have a loop on the back side perfect for affixing on your own seatbelt while travelling as well as your leash upon arrival.
The next step of safety and comfort is a pet carseat. These can range from a cushion to a full-fledged carseat including micro suede lining and drawer for leads along with other accessories. In addition to safety, these have the added benefit of enabling your dog to experience the panorama. For individuals with big dogs, this may not necessarily seem like a problem, however for people with smaller dogs, this is usually a real plus. With a smaller dog, you can purchase a car seat which will double as a dog bed after arrival. While some places to stay can provide dog beds, others will not and will simply stipulate that the dog not sleep on the hotel furnishings.
So are we there yet?
For many of us our dogs are similar to our kids – the good and the not-so-good parts. Traveling in a car along with your dog will demand patience for more frequent stops. Older dogs in particular, will need to stretch out their legs and take additional frequent potty breaks. Many rest areas have family pet specific sites.
Of course, please don’t forget to pack doggie disposal bags for your journey. While many places offer them, it is best to have your own. Picking up after your pet is basic manners. Please be a conscientious pet owner.