Top Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

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Here are some top tips to consider when traveling with your dog 

Did you know that 85 million Americans own some type of pet? While there are all different kinds of pets out there, undoubtedly, the most popular pet is the dog. 


In fact, over 60 million households in the US have a dog. And it’s no wonder why so many people own dogs – they can be absolutely life-changing. 


However, with all the benefits that come with owning a dog, there are some drawbacks. For example, figuring out what to do with your dog when you’re on vacation can be a huge hassle. 


But we’ve got some good news for you. 


You no longer need to leave your pup behind and make accommodations for it. Instead, you can take your dog on vacation with you. But, before you travel with your dog, there are some things you need to know. 


Check out this guide to learn the top tips for traveling with your dog. 

1. Choose Dog-Friendly Locations 

First things first, you want to plan for traveling with your dog ahead of time by picking a location to travel to that is dog-friendly, starting with the country. 


It may come as a surprise to you, but many destinations around the world are not suitable for domesticated dogs. So, be sure to check the US travel site about your country of choice to find out how pet-friendly the location is, if your dog will need any shots, and any other precautions you need to take. 


In addition to the country, you should also make sure you choose a dog-friendly accommodation. Luckily, dog-friendly accommodations are wildly popular. For example, check out these dog-friendly cottages


Lastly, you want to make sure the airline or form of transportation you take is also dog-friendly. And, keep in mind that some airlines require your dog to sit below with the cargo. If you’re not comfortable with this, you’ll want to choose a different airline. 

2. Pack for Your Pet 

Just like humans, dogs also like to have some creature comforts with them when they travel.


Dogs love routine, so try to keep everything as close to their routine as possible by bringing all of their creature comforts from home. This includes food, treats, bowls, leashes, brushes, and medications. 


It’s also usually a good idea to bring your own water from home. While this may sound excessive, dogs can have major sensitivities to different water systems, so it’s best not to tempt it. 

With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to have a great vacation with your pooch

3. Be Prepared for Emergencies 

No matter how careful you are when traveling with your dog, emergencies can happen. For example, you can lose your dog or your dog can get sick. 


If you’re traveling in a country where you don’t speak the language, then make sure you can say some “dog-friendly” phrases in the local language. For example, “I lost my dog”, “Have you seen my dog?”, or “Is this place dog-friendly”?


Also, you want to be prepared in the event your dog gets sick. Talk to your veterinarian, and see if they can recommend a local vet in the area that you are traveling to. 


With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to have a great vacation with your pooch. Comment below if you have any questions about these dog-friendly travel tips.

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