I’m a Vet – my tips for traveling with your pup this summer, including something you should never do

A PET expert has shared his top tips for traveling with your pup this summer.

When families start planning their trips, it’s important to understand the rules of conduct when toting your dog.

A pet expert shares the top tips for traveling with your pup this summer


A pet expert shares the top tips for traveling with your pup this summerPhoto credit: Getty
It's important to understand the ins and outs of traveling before taking your dog on the road


It’s important to understand the ins and outs of traveling before taking your dog on the roadPhoto credit: Getty

Zack Notes, who works with Animal Matchup, a website that compares and contrasts similar animals, said pet owners should always schedule a check-up appointment before a big trip.

The doctor can determine if the animal is in good condition to be away from home for a while.

“A check-up at the vet before the trip is not only a good idea, but also necessary,” said the expert.

“You want to make sure your furry friend is ready for an adventure. Obtain a copy of your pet’s vaccination records at this visit.”

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“If your furry friend suffers from travel anxiety or motion sickness, now is the time to let the vet know and start considering appropriate medication or natural remedies.”

Before tipping, it’s also important to get the right gear to belay your dog on the street or at the airport.

Advice said to make sure your carrier is well ventilated and the right size.

“If your dog doesn’t like traveling in a crate, using a well-fitting seat belt can protect him in the event of an accident,” he said.

As for food, Notes recommends never altering your dog’s diet and instead pack the same treats he eats every day.

A new snack could upset the stomach and cause real problems along the way.

And an incredibly important tip is to never leave the dog alone, especially on a hot day.

While it’s tempting to rush into the store while they’re waiting outside, Notes notes that in-car temperatures can quickly rise and become unhealthy.

Finally, make sure you pack familiar items to help your pup feel at home on a new adventure.

Toys and blankets can provide comfort when traveling by land, air or water.

The tips come from advice from a veterinarian that can save you hundreds of dollars on your dog’s grooming.

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PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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