Summertime is the best! Going on day trips, camping, or vacations are all excellent ways to get out and enjoy our few months of nice weather. With our pets being such an important part of our families these days, most people like to include them in the fun!
Day trips in the car to the lake or campground can be lots of fun for both humans and pets (mostly dogs)! When travelling in the car with your pets, you want to make sure they are secured either in a kennel or with a seat belt. Its not easy to drive with a 70 lb dog in your lap! You also want to make sure you pack plenty of water for the trip.
Finally, while the destination may be fun, your pet may not enjoy the journey. Some dogs and cats can experience motion sickness or even anxiety during car rides. There are medications your veterinarian can recommend to help with these issues. You can also try pheromones like Feliway or Adaptil to help with stress, and Thundershirts have been known to make car rides more enjoyable as well!
Many factors influence the method of travel…cost, length of the journey, regulations, etc. As veterinarians we often hear about some of these “adventures”. When your pet needs to travel long distances (plane, ferry or car), there are different things to keep in mind. Here are some of the things to take into consideration which are often missed.
No matter what your travel plans include, making sure everyone is safe and happy is top priority. Taking our pets along with us on our summertime adventures is an excellent way to bond with them and make sure they live their best life, so long as we make sure their needs are met.
Dr. Juanita Ashton, BSc, DVM, ACDBC-IAABC is a certified Canine Behavioural Consultant, and one of the owners of the Elmsdale Animal Hospital