Summer Vacation: Packing for Your Pet

iStock_000000907846_SmallAs summer begins, many of us are making plans for our summer vacations, camping trips, and family reunions. And whether your pet is traveling with you, or staying with us, you’ll want to be sure that your four-legged friend will have everything he or she will need to be comfortable away from home.

Here’s what your pet will need for his or her summer vacation…

Packing for Your Pet On the Road

If you’re taking Fido along on your summer adventures, you’ll want to make sure to pack the following:

  • A collar with current ID tags and an updated microchip as back-up identification
  • A dependable leash, and a lead that can be used to secure your pet outdoors, if needed
  • A crate or carrier, if it’s practical (not all large-breed crates are travel friendly)
  • Food and fresh drinking water, plus bowls (and treats!)
  • Waste disposal bags
  • A blanket or bed, and something familiar to snuggle
  • A toy, or some other distraction to stave off boredom in the car and at your destination
  • Any medications that he or she needs, as well as dosage instructions
  • Any sweaters or jackets that your pet may need, especially if you’re camping – just because it’s hot in the city, doesn’t mean it will be in the woods
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    Planning Ahead for Stress-Free Pet Boarding

    boarding (1)Planning a vacation is almost as exciting as going on the actual trip. However, if your dog is afraid of the pet boarding experience, you may be more focused on worrying about how he or she will manage while you are away than the fun you’re going to have.

    Thankfully, there are several things you can do prior to pet boarding that will help your fearful dog feel more safe and confident while you are away.

    Take a Tour of the Kennel Before You Leave for Your Trip

    Prior to the big stay, bring your pet in for a tour of the facility and to meet the people working there. Letting your dog sniff out the new smells prior to boarding will help your pet feel more comfortable when he or she arrives for their stay.

    If time permits, consider bringing your pet in for a day or two of doggie daycare, or leaving your pet at the boarding facility for an overnight stay. This will Continue…