Glorious sunshine, glistening cool waters and clear blue skies all combine to make the perfect recipe for tail-wagging dogs and happy pet owners alike. It’s summertime and for lots of dogs that will mean fun-filled days of hiking, swimming and exploring the great outdoors. Life for our pets doesn’t get much better than this so let’s be sure to maximze the summer fun by making travel as safe and comfortable as you possibly can for your canine companion.

Make a ‘Pet Travel List
Making a separate list for your dog helps to keep you focused on only what your pet needs and no one else. Travel planning can be hectic and it’s easy to become distracted with other travel arrangements and sometimes forget things. Pets require a lot of travel accessories and a specific ‘Pet Travel List’ will ensure you forget absolutely nothing that your dog needs in order to have a positively perfect vacation.

Buckle Up Fido!
In accordance with law in many provinces and states across Canada and the US, your pet needs to be safely restrained for the duration of the journey. Before you hit the road, cbe prepared with necessary items, such as harnesses, seat belts and backseat barriers. Renowned for comfort, variety and durability, this equipment will provide dependable travel safety for you and your pet for many road trips to come.

On the road
Lots of pets suffer from travel sickness and anxiety. Ideally you want to determine if your pet suffers from this common condition well in advance of setting out on your travels and not while enroute to your destination. Rest assured if your pet does have this problem there are excellent supplementary products available to overcome it. Check out products such as ‘Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming’ and ‘Homeo Pet Travel Anxiety Relief’. Regular short spins in the car in the weeks leading up to your travel plans will aid this problem also by allowing your dog to gradually become familiar with travel motion.

Handy accessories
Packing for summer travel is never easy, especially when a four-legged family member takes up half your suitcase! Gaining some extra space in your luggage might be easier than you think. For example, swap your dog’s regular feeding and water bowls for light and compact travel accessories. Check out handy products like the ‘Gulpy Water Bottle’ or the collapsible and attachable ‘H2O Canine’. Clever accessories like these make travelling with pets a breeze, and once you try them you’ll never want to leave the house without them again!

Home away from home
While out of town with your pet, you will be without the security of having your nearby local vet. It’s a good idea to look up veterinary clinics in the area you are travelling to and record the addresses and phone numbers. That way, in the event of an accident or emergency you can avoid panic and delay by being fully prepared for anything. If you are travelling to any remote camping areas, a ‘Pet First Aid Kit’ is an excellent idea to have on hand and paw! Taking a dip A properly fitted lifejacket is a must for your dog if boating is on the travel agenda. Take your dog for a fitting
well in advance of the trip and make sure you get the perfect size. That way your dog will have some time to get used to wearing something a little heavier and bulkier than he/she may be used to. So when the time comes, your dog can dive right on in and get down to some good old doggie paddling.

More is better
Running out of your dog’s favourite food and treats while away from home is the last thing you want to happen. Switching foods can be problematic and doing so in an unfamiliar setting is not recommended. Suffering from diarrhea and/or vomiting is certainly not how your pet wants to spend travelling time. Be sure to stop by PetSolutions website and stock up on enough of your pet’s regular food and treats before heading off to your summer travel adventures.


About The Author Tracey Keegan

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