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Traveling With Your Pup

Well, 2021 is officially behind us now, and it’s time to look ahead into 2022. As we start making plans for the new year, many people are considering travel. While there may still be some restrictions, hopefully by the end of the year things will have returned to normal. If you are traveling, you may want to consider taking Fido with you. Many dogs love going to new places! A Murrieta, CA vet discusses traveling with dogs below.

Reservations

First and foremost, make sure that your four-legged friend is welcome at your destination. Do your research, and remember to read the fine print. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that Fido is over the size requirement, or that he just cost you a $300 nonrefundable deposit.

Apps

The rise of smartphones, and things like GPS and Airbnb, have made travel much easier. If you have a smartphone, take time to download a few apps for Fido. There are several for finding dog-friendly parks and trails. Dog Goes, Dog Park Assistant, and Dog Park Finder are a few examples. While you’re at it, you may want to download a few pet first-aid apps. The Red Cross has a good one. Don’t forget the charity app, Wooftrax, which donates money to shelters based on how far you and your canine buddy venture.

Packing

You’ll need to pack a bag for the pup. Fido will need food, toys, treats, blankets, dishes, grooming supplies, bedding, a spare leash and collar, and a tie-out line. You may also need some weather or area -specific items. Headed to a ski resort? Pack a doggy sweater for your furry pal. Going to the beach? Fido will need a doggy lifejacket and some paw balm.

Precautions

This one applies even when you aren’t traveling, but it’s worth mentioning again. Make sure that your canine companion has been fixed and microchipped, and is up to date on his vaccines and parasite control. Be sure to bring copies of his records with you!

Tips

Keep in mind that just because you can take Fido on holiday, doesn’t mean you should. In some cases, your furry bff may be both safer and more comfortable being boarded. Ask your vet for advice on this.

Happy New Year from Vineyard, your Murrieta, CA animal clinic. Please contact us for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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