Bringing Your Pup On Vacation – Things To Consider

Reading Time: 2 minutes

A well-deserved family vacation is planned, and you’ve contemplated taking your fur-legged family member this year. Including your puppy on a family vacation is fun and an excellent way for him to experience and discover new places and things. Some puppy owners just don’t have the heart to leave their pooch behind. After all, he is a part of the family!

Before having your pup hop in the car for a road trip, there are a few important things that should be completed ahead of time. These will make traveling easier for you and your pup, and by doing them well in advance, you lower the risk of forgetting something important. 

Before deciding if he’s going, it is wise to first consider your breed of pup and determine if where you are going will be safe for him. Some pups, like the Havanese, can tolerate warmer weather, where a pup like a French Bulldog will struggle in it. Contact your puppy adoption store’s caring and knowledgeable puppy care specialists if you have any questions about this. 

Checklist On Important Things To Pack

Your pup’s food plus an additional 10%. It’s better to have more than not enough. This especially if your pup eats a special type of dog food, which may not be readily available where you are traveling to.

Food and water bowls with fresh water that your pup is accustomed to. Pups can be sensitive to new water, especially if the water is treated differently than what he generally drinks. The last thing you want to do is deal with a sick pup while on vacation. 

Properly bagged and sealed medications that he uses. This is important because puppy medication is not something that you can pick up at the corner store, and having to pay an out-of-state veterinarian to prescribe new medication can be very costly. By bagging the bottle of medication assures a double level of protection for it. 

A safe chew toy for the ride. Pup’s don’t have cellphones to play with during long road trips to keep occupied, so a quality chew toy will help pass the time.  

Your pup’s bedding, small blanket, and his favorite toy. Once you arrive at your location, he will enjoy a soft and comfortable place to sleep. 

Flea and tick preventives should be packed and bagged. This especially important depending on where you are vacationing. Some areas have a higher rate of flea and ticks. 

Dog waste bags and hand sanitizer. If it is a long car ride, the bags should be able to be tightly sealed to prevent odors in your vehicle after a roadside pitstop is bagged.

His leash and collar to make sure he is properly restrained while making roadside pitstops and after you arrive at your destination. His collar should have very visible and updated contact information on it should he get lost. 

Brushes and grooming products for his daily routine. 

Proof of current his current vaccinations. Your hotel or destination may require proof of these documents. They are also wise to have if in the event there is a medical issue and they are needed.