Holiday travel can be stressful for anyone. But if you have a new puppy, it can be even more challenging. Planning trips with a pet requires extra planning- and usually, extra patience as well. Luckily though, there are a few things you can do to make traveling with a new puppy easier. Read on for our travel tips.
First things first, make sure you are able to travel with your new puppy. Check your airline and/or hotel’s dog requirements and make sure you meet them. Also make sure your pet has up-to-date ID tags, as well as the right supplies for the journey. These things all sound simple, but you’d be surprised how many people forget about them. Being prepared is the easiest way to avoid stress on your journey.
Safety is the Top Priority
Of course, safety is always the top concern when it comes to traveling with a new puppy. If you’re driving, then it might seem cute to have your puppy sit on your lap or move around your car. However, it’s not the safest option- for you or for them. The safest way to transport a new puppy is in a crate or dog carrier. The crate should be well-ventilated and easy for your dog to move around in. If a crate isn’t an option, then get a specialized harness or pet seatbelt.
Keep Comfort in Mind
Traveling with a new puppy isn’t just stressful for humans- it can also be tremendously stressful for the puppy. Prepare your dog for traveling by letting them explore their crate beforehand. If you’re driving, then take a few shorter drives with your dog to get them used to the car. You can also ask your vet for specific advice on keeping your pet calm.
Check With the Vet
Before traveling with a new puppy, it’s important to check in with your vet. Vaccines, microchipping, and a general health checkup are all important- not only for your dog’s health, but also for the health of any other animals they encounter. Texavet is here to make sure your four-legged friend is as healthy as possible. Call us today to book your vet appointment.