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Pets: Summer Traveling

Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:03PM

Pet TravelAre you planning on traveling with your dog this summer? Here are tips for traveling by car with your pet.

  • Never leave your dog alone in a parked car. Your car can get extremely hot in the summer time and can cause your pet to have a heat stroke if left unattended for a long time.
  • If you have a nervous dog, talk to your vet about prescribing a sedative.
  • Make sure your dog’s tags are up-to-date with address, cellphone number and vaccinations.
  • Carry a recent picture of your dog in case your dog gets lost. A recent picture will make it easier for people to recognize your dog.
  • Pack bedding and toys from home along with a water bowl, treats and a copy of your dog’s medical records.
  • Since water can vary from place to place, bring a couple of gallons of water from home.
  • To keep both you and your dog safe, look into some kind of restraint while in the car.
  • If you put your dog in a carrier, make sure they have enough room to sit, stand and lie down.
  • If you’re planning on taking a long trip, take a few short trips to get your dog used to riding in the car.
  • Take frequent breaks to let your dog stretch their legs and use the restroom.
  • Teach your dog to eliminate on cue to help speed up your trip. Weeks before the trip when your dog is about to eliminate, say a cue like “time to go” or “go potty.” When your dog is finished, praise him.
  • Make sure wherever you’re staying allows dogs. Also, make sure you know the pet policy of where you’re staying. 
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