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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dogs Will Travel



                                                       

Many dog lovers love to travel with their faithful companions..their dog or dogs. Traveling with dogs can be a real challenge at times but with a little bit of  planning ahead of time, traveling with your canines can really be a lot less stressful plus a lot of fun. Following are a few tips that will make your trip more enjoyable for you and your dogs.

1) Take plenty of their favorite food and treats. Running out of these items during a trip can cause a lot of havoc not only for your dog but for you. Why? Because if you cannot find the brand of food and treats that your dogs are accustomed to, substituting with a different brand can upset your dogs digestive system causing them discomfort and at times either loose stools, constipation or possibly an allergic reaction.

2)  A couple of their favorite toys, blanket, etc.

3)  A portable kennel comes in handy at times.

4)  Their collar, dog tags and leashes.

5)  Having your dog micro chipped is a good idea when traveling. However, remember that there are different types of micro chips. Most chips will just identify the dog with a number which is associated with your contact information IF someone has found your dog and has the number checked.  However, this will not help you locate your dog if he/she is lost. A tracking microchip can locate your pet but you will have to pay for the tracking service.

6)  Grooming brush and comb.

7)  Flea/Tick control product, heart worm preventative (etc.) and any medications your dog takes regularly.

8)  Water and bowls.

9)  Vaccination Records, including your Vet's contact information.

10) First Aid Kit and contact information of available Vet's in the area you are traveling to.

These are just a few tips that will make your dog travels more comfortable and please remember that if you have to leave you dog in your vehicle briefly...leave a window open at the top with the proper air available. Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle when it is too warm, hot/cold outside. The temperature inside a vehicle may rise or drop to dangerous temperature levels very quickly,  risking your canine's life.

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOG TRAVEL TIPS IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.














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