Top 5 Dog Travel Concerns
As the holidays come and go, many people travel to visit families or for vacations. Some decide not to leave their furry friends behind and take their pets with them. This can create some concerns that can be corrected if you take the right actions. Here is a list of the top 5 concerns that come about when traveling with dogs.
It is inevitable that some canines get anxious while traveling. He might not be used to car or airplane rides and could become afraid of new environments and unfamiliar faces. Every dog is different when it comes to stressors—so be prepared to deal with this type of situation if you take your dog on a trip. However, some dogs just get overly excited for travel and you may just have to be prepared to deal with a hyperactive dog, which can sometimes be even harder than dealing with an anxious dog! Talk to your veterinarian about the best way to control your dog’s anxiety. They can sometimes prescribe temporary medication that will call him down while you are traveling.
When you take your dog on a trip, especially if you’re traveling by car, he may not have access to water for an extended period of time. This can contribute to dehydration which can be life threatening. Signs of dehydrations include: excessive panting, dry mouth, loss of elasticity in the skin, sunken eyes and exhaustion. If you are traveling during the summer or to a place with a warm temperature, your dog is going to need to drink more water than usual. Also, anxiety can contribute to dehydration so try to keep him as calm as possible. Providing your dog with water will help to prevent heat stroke and other complications. It’s not hard to bring water with you for the ride. It can be put into a Tupperware container or you can let him drink out of water bottles.
Another downfall to traveling with dogs is the unpleasant odors they sometimes produce. This mainly applies to those who travel in a vehicle. The close confines exaggerate odors and make them harder to get rid of. To prevent this, take with you deodorizers and cleaning supplies to keep yourself and your pet fresh. You may want to give him a bath before traveling and make sure you keep up with his hygiene even while you are traveling.
4) Tummy Problems
Dogs can suffer from motion sickness, too! A dog with a motion sickness may end up with fatigue, nausea and dizziness which can lead to vomiting. The last thing you want your dog to do in the car is throwing up. To prevent this, try to keep his diet normal. Provide him with healthy snacks and avoid feeding people food. This will keep him energized and less likely to suffer from motion sickness.
The fact that an emergency can happen during travel is usually placed at the back of your mind—especially if you are going on a fun vacation. However, problems can still come about and you should always be prepared for them. Just like you should carry a human first aid kit in your car, you should also have a pet first aid kit. You may also want to keep your pet’s medical records, veterinarian’s phone number and a pet poison control phone number with you.
Following all of these directions will definitely prove to be beneficial during travel. It doesn’t mean that you will be free from all problems; however, it will help traveling to run more smoothly.