If you have a pet, you’ve probably wanted to bring them with you wherever you go at some point, even on a vacation. If you are planning on bringing your dog with you on your next excursion, specifically one into the great outdoors, there are steps that you as an owner must take before embarking on your trip.
First things first, verify that your dog has had a recent veterinary visit and is up to date on their vaccinations. On top of this, it is a good idea to always have a first-aid kit with you. You should also do research regarding your destination’s local wildlife and flora, the weather forecast during your stay and the location of the nearest veterinary hospital so you are as prepared as possible for any dangers or emergencies that may arise.
Next, be aware of the specific policies or guidelines that areas may have in place pertaining to pets. There could be rules targeted towards certain dog breeds, additional fees, and a limit on the number of dogs you can bring with you.
It is also paramount that you pack all the necessities. Food, medical prescriptions, water, bowls, waste bags and leashes are all givens. Depending on your destination, pack accordingly by bringing trip-specific items like booties or life jackets. It’s also important to remember that the water where you’re headed may not be safe to consume, so pack an abundance of bottled or fresh water.
Finally, set up a comfortable, safe place for your dog to rest while you travel. You may be tempted to have your pet roam free, but these behaviors are risky and can lead to serious injury. You could use a harness that fastens into the seat or have a crate where your pet can stay while you’re driving. Also, make sure your dog rides up front with you during travel and not in the tow vehicle.
As long as you take the necessary precautions beforehand, going on a pet-friendly trip will be a fun experience no one will ever forget. For a more in depth look on RV camping with pets, please refer to the accompanying guide.
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