No matter how much you love your dog, travelling with it can become a burden at times. Dogs can become aggressive while travelling or they may sulk during the trip. It is up to the owners to be considerate of their dog’s needs when making travel plans.Owners also need to take appropriate steps before commencing their journey so that their beloved pets can enjoy just as much as they intend to.
In addition to getting health checks and packing all the essentials your dog needs, you will need to consider how the place you’re travelling to may affect your dog.
Here are some tips and suggestions to help your dog cope up with the dangers or stress.
Travelling with your dog to the beach
If you have made plans for a coastal vacation, chances are you’ll be either enjoying some great water sports or you’ll be just lying in the sun working up your tan.
While the prospect of getting a tan may seem great to you, over-exposure to the sun can be damaging to your pooch. Make sure you carry sunscreen lotion and apply it onto your dog’s nose and inner ears before you take him out on the beach.
If you plan to live out of your suitcase or your car during the trip, pack a mat that is large enough for you and your dog. Just as you cannot stand hot sand, so can’t your dog’s paws. You’ll also need something to shade your dog from the sun.
Be aware of the rules and regulations of the beaches you’re planning to visit. Some beaches might not welcome pets, some may require your pets to be on a leash at all times, and some may welcome pets with open arms.
If you’re planning to stay at a beach resort, they might supply beach mats, umbrellas and towels. Confirm these things beforehand so that you won’t have to include them in your luggage.
Always keep an eye on your dog if you’re going to a no-leash-required beach. You don’t want your dog to get aggressive with other dogs or stray off or caught up in a tidal wave. If your dog is not a good swimmer, you’ll have to pack a swimming vest for it. Avoid beaches that may have jellyfish present in the water or on the shores.
If you plan on indulging in water sports, never leave your dog unattended in the sun. Always ensure there’s enough shade for your dog to sit in. Excessive drooling, heavy panting and a rapid heartbeat are signs that your dog is feeling very hot.
Dogs may take to drinking sea water. While ingesting a little sea water is okay, don’t let it drink too much or it could get sick. Carry enough drinking water for your dog just as you would for yourself.
Travelling to Places at an Altitude
Just as humans suffer from altitude sickness, dogs too, feel the change in air pressure and concentration of oxygen in the air. It is advisable to go to higher altitudes gradually as a sudden elevation may cause more problems.
If your dog drools or pants excessively, or seems to be lethargic, it might not be taking well to the altitude change. Other symptoms include dizziness, lack of coordination, and a reduced appetite. Severe symptoms such as pale gums, vomiting, and bleeding from the nose should be dealt with immediately.
Ascending altitudes gradually gives a dog time to adjust to the change. Higher altitudes can dehydrate humans and dogs as well. So ensure there’s enough drinking water for both of you. Refrain from playing games with your dog that require it to exert too much physical strength.
Avoid taking your dog to places at high altitudes if it is old or if it has cardiac or respiratory problems.
Camping or Trekking with your Dog
If you’re going camping with your dog, always make sure you follow camping ground rules, especially those related to pets. There will be other people too, so you need to ensure that your dog is not being a nuisance in any way, either by barking incessantly or being aggressive towards other people and their pets.
For your dog’s safety and that of the others, it is best to keep it on a leash when camping or trekking. But if your dog is well behaved and responds well to your calls and warnings, you can take the leash off. Of course, you’ll always have to keep an eye on it.
Deter your dog from chasing wildlife and see to it that it always walks along the track when trekking. Many plants can cause severe skin irritation and you don’t want your dog to suffer from rashes. Moreover, dogs are prone to being infested with lice or ticks. Carry flea or tick repellants and medicines along with you.
Avoid routes that may be rough on your furry friend’s paws. Too much trekking in a day can also damage the foot pads. You can buy pairs of dog shoes for your dog to keep its pads from peeling or getting sore.
If your dog has a long or fluffy coat, consider trimming it before the trip. Your dog’s coat will be more manageable and your dog won’t feel too hot either.
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