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Things To Know Before Traveling With Your Dog

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Traveling with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience. What better way for you and your loyal companion to explore new surroundings and adventures? Now before anyone takes a trip they should be well prepared. Since dogs can't make preparations for themselves, you will have to do it for your them. Here is some general advice and tips you should know before you take your dog along on a trip.

Check Your Dog's Condition

You should be aware of your pet's physical condition before traveling. You should go to your veterinarian and check to make sure your pet has all the necessary vaccinations and health certificates. Pets that are sick, pregnant, too young or old shouldn't be taken on a trip. In these situations  you should consider finding a reliable pet sitter when you leave.

Driving in a Car

When you have your dog in a car, you should secure it in a carrier or a with a pet seatbelt. Don't allow your dog to stick its head out of the window. Besides the possibility of being hit by something, your dog can become carsick. If the weather is very hot, you should have the air conditioning on.

When you drive always take several breaks to let your pet go to the bathroom. Never let your pet stay unattended for long periods of time in the car alone, even in a shaded area (the shade will move over time). The car might over-heat and dehydrate your pet.

You should not let your dog loose when traveling. They might become nervous or disoriented and run into traffic or get lost. Always keep your dog on a leash at rest areas and in streets and parking lots.

Things to Bring for Your Dog

* Dog Food - You should feed your dog the brand you usually feed it at home, and avoid suddenly changing the diet. So if you are unsure where you are going will have the brand, bring some food.

* Bring Water - Bring about two - three gallons of water

* Two leashes and a extra collar

* Photograph of dog - There has been times when pets became lost when traveling with their owners. You should also bring a description of your pet. These will help greatly if unfortunately your pet becomes lost.

* Pet toys

* First aid kits

* Pet comb/brush

The general advice in this article will be helpful to anyone who wants to travel with his or her dog.

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