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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Is Bowser Ready for Summer Travel?

by Carrie Boyko, CEB

Cushy, Comfortable Wash-n-Zip Pet Bed
It's that time of year again. Summer is here and families are heading out for vacation adventures. Whether you're driving or flying, camping or roughing it at the Ritz, there are still certain things you'll need. Start with an appropriately sized suitcase like this little Yorkie, and then add some other imperatives. Enjoy the video and then read on.

  1. Don't forget an adequate supply of your dog's regular food. Switching food suddenly will often cause digestive upset for your pup.
  2. Medications that your dog requires should be set aside by your packing area to assure that you don't forget them.
  3. Essentials include bowls, bottled water (new areas will have varying bacterium in the water. Choose bottled or filtered for happier tummies), leash, collar and tags, medical records including shots, and a health certificate from your vet stating that Fido is healthy for travel. Many states will require this document for interstate travel. Make sure your dog is micro-chipped also!
  4. If your pup prefers a favorite bed, try fitting it into your suitcase. If this doesn't work, you may want to give our friends at Wash-n-Zip a check. These beds travel nicely and wash easily in household or hotel machines.
  5. Just in case of a health issue or injury, pack a pet first aid kit that includes everything you can imagine using. Injured dogs can lash out, so include a soft muzzle to keep you and caregivers safe while helping Fido get well. Injuries on vacation are just no fun, but preparation can make a huge difference. This fairly complete kit includes almost everything for about $80, but you'll get a good value and come close with this version for about $27. What's the difference? Quite
    honestly, each kit I looked at this time was missing something. Some had a dozen of every item, while others were missing important features like instant ice packs and self-stick bandage. What's more, you'll really need a guidebook if you find yourself with a seriously injured pet. I've been there and it's extremely distressing when you have no idea what to do. Pick up Amy Shojai's pet first aid book and tuck it in your carry on. It's worth the space and the price.
  6. Comfort means a lot to your pet, just as it does to you. Select a couple of small comfort items--toys or other favorites--to include in your pet's travel things. These may be especially welcome during travel when stress levels can be at their highest.
  7. Speaking of stress, it's good to determine what works best to reduce anxiety from travel in your dog. Is it music, a comfort item, a piece of your clothing, or your presence? Whatever it is, give it to him early and often. Your trip will be more
    enjoyable for everyone when the dog is a happy traveler.
  8. Remember to make time for bonding with your pet while you're on your adventure. Take a hike with a view, enjoy an interesting historical area, visit a dog park or play hide and seek in your hotel room. Whatever it is that makes you and Fido feel spunky and end up cuddling. Tanner and I always end our #Doga workout with a good romp:
I Win!
Happy bonding,

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