If you plan to take your pet along on vacation, you must prepare before you leave.
First of all, make sure that your pet can tolerate a trip in the car. Make short trips with your pet to see his reaction to automobile travel. Some animals get car sick and this can be remedied by a simple trip to the veterinarian. He can give you medicine to give your pet to prevent car sickness.
Make sure that you pack a bag for your pet. This include food and water bowls, treats, his favorite dog food, and chew toys to keep him amused on the trip. Also, pack any medications that the pet is using. Take a bath towel and shampoo, incase you need to bathe the pet, while away.
Make sure that you bring a crate for the animal. This is a “must” if you plan to say in a hotel. This allows you to leave your room, without worrying about housekeeping being attacked by your animal. Also, this prevents your pet from escaping if hotel personnel should enter your room. Emergency situations, such as sprinkler malfunction, can occur to cause maintenance to come in your room to prevent flooding.
When staying in a motel or hotel, always check to see if pets are allowed. Some allow pets, however, charge a pet deposit plus a cleaning deposit. Always call ahead and inform the establishment, that you will be bringing a pet. They will advise you of the rules of that particular establishment.
Animal Planet is a good source for checking on the safe way to have your pet travel with you. The site www.animal.discovery.com encourages pet owners to keep their pets on a lease, even in the car, while traveling. This prevents the animal from escaping when a door is opened. The lease tames the animal, also. They suggest that even cats be placed on a lease, if not crated.
Remember to take breaks, when traveling with the family pet. They need to walk and urinate from time to time, also. These breaks can be just a short 15 minute walk, or a longer one at a rest area. If you are using the facilities, remember to keep up after your pet. Carry a paper sack and scooper so that you can do this.
It is essential that you carry the regular food that your pet eats. Always carry water for your pet. Just as humans sometime do, animals can become sick drinking different water.
Remember not to give dog different food. It is convenient to stop at a fast food restaurant and purchase a hamburger for the animal. If the animal is not used to this food, it might make them sick. This could cause a very inconvenient travel problem.
Carry a rug cleaner and rag, also. This is useful in the hotel room, should the animal have an accident. Room deodorizer should be packed, also, so the room does not have a doggy smell.
Remember not everyone is an animal lover, so be courteous to others, when traveling with your pet. That means do not let the animal jump on anyone or be aggressive.
Ask the vet for a tranquilizer for your pet, if you are making a long trip. This proves to be helpful to all in the automobile, including the pet.