Tips for Keeping Fido Safe When You Travel

It’s still snowy here in east central Indiana but if you’re like me, you’re ready to take a drive and get to some sunshine.

http://www.munciepetsitter.comIf you’re also like me you like to take your dog along for the ride. Most things are so much better when a dog can join us, don’t you think?

Check out our list of travel tips before you take your dog on your next cross country adventure.

1. Tether/Crate Your Dog…

Keeping your dog safe while you drive is important. One way to do this is to buckle Fido up with a canine seat belt or to crate him. Yeah, the crate might take a little fun out of the ride, but for some, the crate provides a uber safe spot and is way more cozier than the freedom riding in a seat provides

2. Vaccinate, Microchip and Tags…

Keeping your dog up-to-date on the vaccinations is important if your dog will be meeting new dogs on your adventure. You never know if other dogs will be sick so prevention is key. Microchipping is a simple procedure that we recommend all cats and dogs have done. In addition to the chipping, we encourage dog parents to make sure their dog has their rabies tag and identification tags attached to the collar. Personalized collars with embroidered name and phone number are super and work really well if the dog parent doesn’t want a tag dangling.

3. Pack Your Dog’s Favorite Items…

Does your dog have a favorite toy? A favorite blanket or pillow? Bring them with you on your trip. If your dog gets anxious or you get stuck in the car for a while, you can pull out these familiar items and can ease his stress.

4. Pack Your Dog’s Food and Enough Water…

On average, most dogs drink about a gallon of water a day. If you’ll not have access to water sources where you’re going, make sure to take enough bottled water to keep your dog hydrated. We recommend always using bottled water, and not tap water, because you never know if the water is contaminated.

5. Pack Extra Leash, Collar, Harness, Pet Supplies…

Might sound crazy but we recommend having a duplicate of everything pet-related. Say something happens to the leash you’re http://www.munciepetsitter.comusing, if you don’t have a back-up and there isn’t a store nearby, you’re up a creek. Same thing with all your pet supplies, including food and treats. Maybe the town you’re traveling to only has a population of 12oo people. Chances of finding Science Diet or other specific dog food might be slim. Be safe. Take extra.

6. Take Copies of Pet Medical Records…

We like to be prepared in all situations and say something would happen while you’re away from home, if you have copies of your vet records, if you need to take your dog to a new vet, everything is handy and easily accessible. Some vets don’t use computers or aren’t as technologically dependent as others are. Make it easy for everyone and just have plain old paper copies.

7. Keep a Picture of Your Dog With You…

God forbid you get into a vehicle accident or your dog gets away from you. Having a picture of your dog that can be photocopied or shown to people will make it easier to locate your furry friend.

We encourage pet travel and would love to hear your pet travel stories. Have you ever went hiking with your dog? What about boating or camping, have you taken Fido with you on either of these adventures?

Feel free to share your stories and tell us anything you recommend dog moms and dads do to help travel go better with their dog.

If you can’t travel with you dog and need a pet sitter to keep Fido happy while you’re gone, contact us, we’d love to help!

Happy travels,

Kelley Stewart

CEO|Pet Sitter

sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC

“Your pet sitting, dog walking, poop scooping specialists!”

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