Useful Tips for Traveling with Your Puppy

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Transporting your puppy

TransportationAs a well-behaved member of your family, you may find that your puppy is invited to attend family gatherings or to join a barbecue at the neighbor's house. If you plan on taking your puppy with you when you leave the house, it is important that you provide a safe and comfortable way to transport him.

Dog crates are the safest and most comfortable way to take your puppy along for the ride. Before purchasing a carrier or crate, talk with your veterinarian to ensure the size is appropriate for your pet. If your puppy will grow to 55 pounds or more, you may need a smaller crate for the first few months and then transition to a larger crate as your puppy grows.

Traveling with your puppy

These days, there are many opportunities to take your puppy with you on fun adventures. In fact, many hotels and resorts make a point of letting you know that both you and your pet are welcome.

It almost goes without saying, but whether you intend to take your puppy on a trip near home or away, you should ensure he has the correct vaccinations before traveling, and that they're up to date. If you're in any doubt, consult your vet.

Be prepared

It's essential that your puppy is fit and healthy before he travels. However, during long trips dogs can become sick and show signs of stress. If your dog doesn't travel well ask your veterinarian about travel sickness remedies or something to help calm your dog. You should also ask your vet to recommend any veterinary clinics in the area where you are traveling, ,should the need arise. You can also find this information by searching HillsPet for nearby veterinarians.

Just before you leave

Your puppy should be fed well in advance of any travel. If this isn't possible, you may like to consider putting off feeding time until you arrive at your destination.

Check that you have your puppy's favorite Hill's® puppy food, water, puppy treats, toys and the proper paperwork for your puppy, if required, and always ensure that he's wearing a collar and identification tag.

In the car

Your puppy should always be transported in complete safety, preferably in a crate designed for this purpose, in which your pet should be able to stand up and turn around, and sit and lie down comfortably. If it's not possible to put your puppy in a crate, he should be securely placed in the back of the car in a special dog seatbelt or harness.

Stopping for a rest

If you're going on a long journey, take a break; stop the car and let your puppy have a drink of water and a little exercise.

If you're making a short stop, for a meal or a bathroom break, never leave your pet unattended in the car. It doesn't matter what the weather is outside; this is not a habit to get into. You may think that your car is in the shade and may have left the window partly open, but the sun's position changes throughout the day. Your car may have been in the shade an hour ago, but could be in the full glare of the hot sun by the time you return.

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