How To Vacation With Your Dog
Summer vacation is a time that everyone looks forward to. Your dog might look forward to it as well, as long as he is coming along with you. How to vacation with your dog is a topic that comes up regularly during the summer months.
- Should you board your dog?
- Is there room in the car for him to join you?
- Does he ride well in a car?
- Can you find a vacation rental spot that will allow you to bring your dog with you?
- Is he socialized well enough to behave in an unfamiliar location?
- Will he get along with any other dogs you may encounter?
These and many other questions will need to be answered before you decide if Fido will be a vacationer with you and your family this summer.
How To Vacation With Your Dog
Let’s face it, our dogs are no longer “property” they are members of the family and many of our dog bite insurance policy holders consider themselves “pet parents.” Our dogs and cats are our “children” and that means we want them with us on vacation — you certainly wouldn’t leave a family member behind, would you?
Because so many families take their pets with them on vacation, hotels, motels and rental properties are becoming more pet friendly. Vacation destinations are also pet friendly and there are many bars and restaurants that will welcome your furry family member to dine and drink with you.
This may be a harsh truth for many dog parents, but you need to ask yourself, “Is my dog going to be a good vacation guest?” Will he bark and keep the neighbors awake? Will he try to lunge at and bite other dogs? Do you have dog bite insurance that will protect you if your normally mild-mannered pup bites someone because he is nervous?
Here are vacation tips for families traveling with Fluffy and Fido this summer.
- Bring your veterinarian records. If your dog gets sick or injured on vacation you need to have up to date shot records — the rabies tag on his collar is not proof enough of vaccination.
- Take your dog for a physical before you leave to make certain he’s healthy and to stock up on any prescription medications he may need.
- Make sure your dog is microchipped in case he runs away because he’s in an unfamiliar location. Whether he is microchipped or not, make sure he is wearing a collar with a tag that has your contact information on it. If your dog is running loose someone will see a collar and know he’s got a family.
- If your dog is comfortable in a crate, then crate him when you’re in the car. If he isn’t comfortable in a crate, make sure he is belted in with a pet safety belt and harness.
- If you’re traveling by plane, understand the rules and regulations for traveling with a pet. Call the airline on which you’re traveling and get in depth information for the upcoming trip; you don’t want any surprises when you arrive at the airport.
- Bring your dog’s favorite toy and blanket from home. This will help ease his anxiety when he’s in an unfamiliar location.
- Bring food and water from home. Now is not the time to switch your dog’s diet.
- If you’re making a car trip, plan for frequent potty break stops. You also need to plan for potty breaks for the humans in the car and will need to assure someone is in the car with the pets at all times. NEVER leave a dog alone in a hot car.
- Don’t forget to be a good guest and clean up any messes your dog makes.
- Give us a call and get a quote on dog bite insurance before you hit the road. This insurance will protect you in case your normally mild-mannered dog bites someone.
Have a fun and safe vacation with your dogs this summer.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.
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