Are you planning on visiting friends and family over the holidays? If you are planning to take your dog with you, read on. A Scottsdale, AZ vet offers tips on traveling with Fido in this article.

Boarding

We know, Fido wants to go everywhere with you. But sometimes that really isn’t the best thing for him. If you are going to be flying or taking a boat, you’re probably better off boarding your pup. Your canine buddy will be safe and sound, and will be spared the stress of traveling by air or water. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy your trip, while knowing that your pet is happy, healthy, and in great hands.

Short Trips

If you’re just going a few hours away, and your furry buddy also has an invitation, then you may decide to bring him along. Make sure that Fido is current on his vaccinations and parasite control. He should also be microchipped, fixed, and wearing ID tags. If your pet takes medication, bring along an extra week’s worth, just in case. Take along copies of his paperwork. (Tip: you can also take pictures of them, and just email them to yourself.)

Packing

When packing for your dog, you’ll want to include food, waste baggies, towels, a first aid kit, bedding, grooming supplies, toys, treats, blankets, dishes, a leash and harness or collar, a tie-out line, and, if you’re going somewhere cold, a doggy jacket. We also recommend bringing along some of the water your dog drinks at home. Sometimes drinking strange water can upset Fido’s furry tummy.

Car Rides

Many of our canine pals absolutely love going for car rides. Others? Not so much. If your pup gets carsick, don’t feed him right before you leave on a trip. (This may also be a good reason to board your pet. You don’t want your pet throwing up all on your host’s carpet!) Stop every few hours so your pooch can stretch his legs and relieve himself. We strongly recommend keeping dogs crated for travel. It’s much safer!

Arriving

Once you reach your destination, take a long walk with Fido to get the lay of the land. Exploring with our canine friends can be really fun!

Happy Holidays! Do you need to board your dog? Please contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, for all of Fido’s boarding and veterinary care needs.