Friday, June 22, 2012

Tips For Traveling Long Distances With a Dog

Are you considering taking your dog along with you on your vacations this year? Taking your pet on your holidays can lift your holidays considerably. You do not have to worry if he or she is miserable with the pet sitter you hired for the duration. However, there are some precautions you need to take before taking your dog on board. Firstly keep a collar on your dog for current identification. Some countries require that your dog has microchip identification for entering into the country. This may depend on the destination you are travelling to. Your dog should be trained so that he is behaved and does not suffer during the journey.

Make plans beforehand for your air travel, hotel accommodations and daily activities to avoid a nasty surprise.

Go for air travel with your dog only as a last resort, if there is no other alternative. Your dog will have to be put in the cargo hold for the transit. This is not a good experience even for the most well behaved and trained dogs. If you have a small dog, some airlines might let you carry your dog in a carrier if it fits under the seat in front of you. Pet Airways is catered for only pets, but has presence in limited cities. The pets can be in the cabin rather than the cargo hold.

Travelling by car is the best option for your pet, if it is feasible. If you own a vehicle, it is most likely that your dog is used to riding in a car. However, if your only trips in the car have been to the vet, your dog might be conditioned to anxiety in a car. Take him to other enjoyable outings to get rid of his anxiety. If you are still not sure, ask your vet for an anxiety medication, to make the journey easier for everyone. However, don't go overboard on the medication. Use it only when there is no other alternative.

Plan your journey with rest stops at sufficient intervals to cater to your dogs needs. Find out the veterinary hospitals along the route. Carry all the necessary paraphernalia such as a leash, dog food and medications if any.

Finally choose a destination that is friendly towards dogs so that the trip is enjoyable for all. One such city is Prague in the Czech Republic. There are various dog friendly hotels in Prague that will take care of your pets needs. There are also many activities in Prague for dogs. Visit Prague with your dog on your Prague holidays as the city is known to be very tolerant of pets, especially dogs.

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