Traveling with Dogs
Can be a Joy but it is Also a Big Responsibility


Traveling with dogs is a big responsibility.

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Here are some travel tips that I want to share with you.

There are many options and I will start with family car trips.

Unless your tiny poodle or adult dog is already conditioned to car travel, start taking it on short trips to accustom it to car motion even it‘s just a one or two blocks

Traveling with dogs to places your dear poodle enjoys. It can be a park, a pet supply store or just to your friend’s house.

Have your dog's nails clipped before the trip to prevent scratches and upholstery damage to the car.

If you plan to overnight or stay several days with your dog out of your home area, you have to make sure the hotel where you plan to stay accepts pets.

I suggest checking with the petswelcome.com site and check to find out any restrictions, fees or requirements in order to accommodate you and your pet.


Traveling with Dogs

Do not permit your dog to do things to antagonize people it is important when traveling with dogs to watch your dog behavior.

Walk it away from manicured lawns, garden and swimming pool areas

Keep it out of restaurants, and on a short leash in motel or hotel lobbies and other public buildings.

If left alone in a motel or hotel room, it might disturb others, chew on furniture, have an "accident" or escape when the maid opens the door to clean the room.

Attach pet's travel identification and rabies tags firmly to its collar.


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It is important when traveling with dogs to check the list of Emergency Veterinary Clinics in the area to which you're headed.

Avoid Accidents when Traveling with Dogs

Car trips can be dangerous to your dog companion. How many times have you seen a small dog sitting on the drivers lap, looking out the window?

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You know that just a sudden stop, or even an accident can send your pet flying?

Keep the car windows rolled up enough to prevent your pet from jumping or falling out.

Please when traveling with dogs do not let your doggie hang its head out of the window. Sore eyes can be caused by dust, grit and insects in the air; inflamed ears and throat by too much wind.

You know that a loose pet in a car can also escape if someone opens the door, forgetting that your pet is able to jump out before you can grab him or her?

A stake with a long leash attached will be useful in keeping your dog restricted outdoors an especially a good idea for campers, as most campgrounds do not permit pets to run free.

" You know that everyone in the car will be safer if your dog is always in a carrier?"

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For traveling with dogs you can find in any Pet Store seatbelts for your dog companion and carriers to transport your small doggie safely, but you have to secure the carrier in the back seat with a seatbelt.


Car Sick & Heatstroke

Many dogs do not travel well in a car.

When traveling with dogs your lovely poodle will probably be more happy and comfortable and feeling good and less likely to vomit in a car trip if his stomach isn’t full. A good treat is giving your doggy one or two Ginger cookies before traveling; this was a good solution for me to prevent sickness, due to the fact that Ginger is a natural antiemetic.

Consider speaking with your vet about tranquilizers. If your pet gets car sick, consider travel-sickness pills.

!!!Again do not give any pill to your dogie without checking with your VET.!!!

REMEMBER: “Travel with Dogs is a big responsibility.”

There have been too many incidents of dogs suffering from heatstroke after being left in a hot car.

Leave at least two windows (for cross draft) open slightly to provide fresh air.

You can consider one of those solar powered fans that fit in the window. The fan fits snugly in the window, the sun powers the fan and air circulates within your vehicle.

PLEASE: I strongly recommend that you DON'T leave animals in the car in hot climates or during the warmer months, as even a short time in a hot vehicle can be injurious to your pet.

Plan stops at regular intervals to give your dog companion a drink and a short run. Wayside rest areas make good stopping places.

Travel Kit for Traveling with Dogs.

For convenience pack a Pet Travel Kit for your tinny poodle doggie.


This is what I suggest you to pack when traveling with Dogs:

Supply of pet's regular food

Can opener

Pet's food and water dishes

Blanket

One or two favorites toys

A few treats

Comb and/or brush

A mop-up towel, paper towels or a few newspapers

Flea or tick repellent if you will be in rural areas

A sedative prescribed by your veterinarian (I prefer not to give it)

Scooper and plastic bags to clean up after your pet at motel or campgrounds

Spray-type room deodorant or air freshener if you will be taking your pet into a motel or hotel room.

If you don’t want to travel with your doggy by car, please take into consideration that only some local transportation may allow traveling with pets.

Here in the Continental United States, Rail Companies like Amtrak and Greyhound buses do not allow pets. Therefore, your options for traveling with a pet are drastically reduced.


Traveling with Dogs by Plane.

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Check with the airline and country to which you're traveling. Caution: The Animal Welfare Act prohibits air transportation of puppies less than eight weeks old and prior to weaning, whether accompanied or unaccompanied.

Check with your vet for the complete range of vaccinations required when you are going to traveling with dogs.

Rabies vaccinations are a must for all travel abroad, and for returning to the United States. Many airlines also require these vaccinations.

Anyway, most people feel that it's next to impossible to take their pet on a plane when, in reality, it's largely a matter of being well informed.

While we do not recommend you take your animal on a plane (except as carry-on baggage), we know that sometimes you may not have a choice.

Unfortunately, if you own anything larger than a small dog, you cannot take it in the cabin. This means your pet has to travel as checked baggage or cargo. Not a great option. But, whatever the case, knowledge is power and so we've gathered as much information as possible from all the major airlines so that you will be familiar with their particular rules and policies.

But first, here are some general tips to bear in mind:

Never sedate your pet on a flight. High altitudes and sedatives are a dangerous combination and should never be mixed.

Always have your pet's leash and collar easily accessible for walking prior to departure, but do not take the pet out of the kennel inside the airport.

Identification tags for your pet and travel kennel, including pet's name, home address and phone number, are essential. Never use a muzzle on your pet during travel, as this is dangerous to the pet.

Familiarize your pet with the kennel prior to the trip so that it is comfortable to him/her at travel time.

Always make advanced reservations or arrangements with the airline when you are making your own reservations. The airline always reserves the right to refuse travel if there are too many pets on board, so make sure you advise them early.

Should your trip require a transfer between airlines, check pet regulations of the second airline in advance to be sure that pets are carried. There is no through-checking of pets between airlines, so it will be your responsibility to see that connections are made at the transfer point.

Airlines that accept pets for transportation have specific regulations covering their passage, whether they are accompanied or unaccompanied. When making inquiries, be sure to ask about transportation charges and pet insurance.

A Seeing-Eye dog, properly harnessed, normally travels free in the cabin at its master's feet. However, the airline must be notified in advance that the dog will be on the flight.

Whether your pet will travel with you in the cabin or as checked luggage in the cargo area (this will be primarily determined by size), your pet will need to be contained in a kennel or container for the entire trip. Most pet supply stores carry both soft-sided (for in cabin travel) and hard-sided kennels approved for air travel. Additionally, the airlines also sell kennels at the counter. As always, check with the airline first to arrange for this purchase.

In selecting a kennel, you must first determine the proper size. Your pet's size is determined by the following:

Length: from nose to root of tail Width: length across shoulders Height: (in standing position with head erect) from ground to highest point

It is important that your pet can stand, sit, turn around, and lie down comfortably throughout the flight.

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