Traveling With Your Dog
Dogs do like to travel well. Adventurous by nature, they
want to check out new sights and sounds. They like to meet and
see new people. But this does not mean that traveling with a
dog is as easy as traveling with your clutch bag. Here are some
tips on how to have a worry-free travel experience with your
Hiring a pet sitter
If you are traveling far away from home without your pet
dog, you might want to hire a pet sitter who could take care of
your dog full-time. A pet sitter could be a member of your
family or a friend who could stay over in your house and watch
over your dog. You could also ask your veterinarian who could
recommend someone to do the pet-sitting.
Leaving the dog in a kennel
If you choose to leave your pet in a kennel, shop around for
recommendations for a good one from friends that own dogs or
your vet. Go to the kennel before taking your dog and check if
animals look well-cared for and the facilities comfortable and
clean. Chat with the staff to make sure that your dog will be
cared for properly.
Traveling with your dog
Should you decide that you’re bringing the dog along in your
travel, ask the vet some tips on how to best travel with a dog,
including problems on the transportation method. Ask if he or
she could give your dog a certificate of clean health.
If you are flying via airplane, you should have a sturdy
carrier for your pet. If not, the airline could ask you to buy
a carrier from them. Some airlines allow your pet in the
passenger compartment with you. Some put all the animals in the
If you are riding in a car, the air conditioning should be
kept on. Do not leave your dog unattended in a car that is
parked. Do not park in direct sunlight even for a brief period
of time, as it could drastically raise the heat temperature
inside your car that might result in dehydration, heat stroke,
Traveling with a dog or any other pet in foreign countries
can prove to be difficult. Check with your vet for some tips.
You might also want to ask the local consulate of the country
you are visiting what are their requirements for you to bring
your pet along.
Going places with your dog may be a pleasant experience. But
you should remember taking a dog, or any pet with you, anywhere
could be a bit difficult.