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Traveling with Your Dog

Are you going to be taking a road trip with your canine pal soon? Fido might absolutely love hopping into the car for a jaunt around town, but a long-distance trip could be a different story. Here are some tips on traveling with your pooch, as put forth by your Rincon vet.

Bring Water

Even if the water at your destination is of a good quality, it could upset your canine buddy’s stomach. Once Fido has gotten used to one type of water, changing it can be hard on his digestive system. Avoid tummy upsets by bringing along a few gallons of your own water.

Crate Your Pooch

It’s much safer for you and your dog if Fido is crated on long trips. This of course will be much if your pooch is trained in advance. It’s best to start while your canine buddy is a puppy, but older dogs can still be crate trained. Make sure to add blankets and toys to the crate to make it comfy and cozy.

Update Microchips

Microchipping your pet is one of the best things you can do to safeguard his health and safety, but a microchip won’t help if you don’t keep your records updated in the database. Make sure that your canine buddy’s microchip is up-to-date with the correct contact information.

Bring Records

Bring photocopies of your dog’s vaccination records and registration with you. Smartphone users can email themselves electronic copies, which can then be easily accessed by email. Another option is to take pictures of the documents with your smartphone, so you always have them with you.

Call Ahead

Make sure that your pup will have suitable accommodations. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that your host wants to keep Fido in the yard, or expects him to remain crated during his stay. If you’re staying at hotels, do your research in advance so you know what to expect as far as fees and policies.

Avoid Car Sickness

If you think your pooch may become queasy on a long ride, then you’ll want to avoid feeding him right before you leave. Keep windows cracked to provide ventilation, and stop every few hours to let Fido drink some water and stretch his legs.

Please contact us, your local Rincon vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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