Make Any Vacation Pet-Friendly With These 4 Simple Tips

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( — January 26, 2021) —

Dogs might be man’s best friend—but did you know that our pets love vacations as much as we do?

Our pets are part of the family and hate to be left behind at kennels when we go away. Instead, more and more families are vacationing with pets, bringing their dog or cat along with them when they travel to join in on the fun. 

Are you worried traveling with a pet is too complicated? Although there are some extra considerations, it’s actually much easier than you might think—keep reading to learn more.

Take Precautions In Case Your Pet Is Lost

When you vacation with pets, you’re likely traveling far away from home. For this reason, be sure your pet can be identified in case they get lost.

While hopefully this will never happen, be sure your dog or cat is microchipped, so that a vet can identify them if found. You’ll also want your pet to always wear its collar, complete with your pet’s name, your name, and your cell phone number.

Before vacationing, work on your dog’s recall skills, ensuring they’ll come back when called.

Keep Them Occupied

On long car rides or left alone in a vacation home, your pet is going to need stimulation. Be sure to bring along a few of their favorite toys or long-lasting rawhide chews that will keep them happy and busy.

Your dog will also need access to water, so invest in a portable travel water bowl that you can take with you.

Remember also that a tired dog is a good dog, so if you know your dog is going to ride in the car for hours, take them for a long walk beforehand. This will help them settle quickly and stop nuisance barking and scratching.

Safety Comes First

An unsecured dog in a car is a projectile in case of an accident, easily going through the windshield and harming both your pet and yourself. It sounds extreme, but your dog always needs to be secure when riding in a car.

Small dogs might be comfortable in a car travel crate or look for seat belt harnesses that can help larger dogs stay secure. Never leave your pet unattended in the car, especially when it’s hot—they can quickly become victims of overheating, even on overcast days.

Look for Pet-Friendly Accommodation

When you travel, always review your options for pet-friendly accommodation. Luckily, pet travel is becoming more and more popular, so it’s easy to find hotels and resorts that are happy to accept well-behaved pets.

With These Tips, Vacationing With Pets Is Easy

Are you ready to get started vacationing with pets? Your dog or cat is a beloved part of your family, so it makes sense to include them in your next trip.

They’re sure to be happy to be traveling with you, so use the tips above to keep your pet safe on the road. Get started today and plan your next vacation with your pet!

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