During vacation periods it can be necessary to take a beloved pet along for the ride. Good pet-sitters can be hard to find, and anyway, a holiday is much more fun in the company of a loyal, furry friend.
Traveling with pets on a long trip need not be too stressful for the animal or the driver, if good planning and preparations are in place. Dogs and cats differ when it comes to road travel, dogs being far more amenable to the whole experience. Dogs seem to enjoy traveling with their owners, so getting them into a car tends not to be a big deal. Cats however, being of an independent nature, are more accustomed to traveling under their own steam and do not take kindly to being transported in a loud, metal box on wheels. Many cats head for the hills at the mere sight of a pet-carrier, so owners need to approach the whole travel issue carefully.
Cat travel tips
It is safer to keep a cat contained in a well-ventilated carrier or crate for the duration of the journey, as a panicked cat leaping around the car’s interior is dangerous. Carriers should be well secured so they do not shift with the motion of the car.
Sticking to a cat’s routine reduces anxiety so keeping meal time regular is important – giving kitty his favorite canned cat food is reassuring while on the move, and the familiar taste is comforting. Heightened stress levels can lead to cats becoming dehydrated more quickly, so regular drinks of water should be offered. Plan frequent rest stops during the journey so that food, water and toilet needs can be taken care of.
Some cats travel better if mildly sedated, and this is something that should be discussed with the animal’s veterinarian in advance.
Dog travel tips
Our canine companions are far more accustomed to joining us on road trips. Whether it’s just around the corner or across country, many dogs simply love the thrill of the open road. However, if the planned journey is a long distance affair, it is wise to take the dog on a few short jaunts beforehand, gradually getting it used to longer trips. Make sure a dog has plenty of room inside its carrier to easily turn around and move about. If they do not respond well to being confined, some canines can be secured using specially designed dog seat belts and pet car booster seats.
As with cats, routine is everything and regular stops for drinks and toilet breaks should be factored in. Packing a few familiar items such as toys or blankets will be comforting for a dog and help him to relax. Remember to take along any medications the dog is on, and carry contact details of his veterinarian just in case. Microchips and identity tags should be in place in case the pooch takes off in unfamiliar surroundings.
Don’t be put off taking a pet companion on a long road trip. With good preparation it can turn in to a positive and fun experience. We miss them so much when they aren’t there – so why not take them along with us?
If ever I get a chance to visit Florida, I’d like to travel with my dogs to Tampa Bay, Florida. There is so much to do here, and not just for you… Your dogs can come and enjoy too!!!
There are more hotels which allow dogs in Tampa Bay, Florida than you can shake a stick at! La Quinta, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Ramada, Red Roof Inn, Sheraton Hotel, are just a few of the pet friendly hotels. If you want to stay in a resort, guess what? There are plenty of pet friendly resorts as well, and even RV parks and campgrounds.
There are a few great pet-friendly state parks including Honeymoon Island State Park, Oscar Scherer State Park, and Caladesi Island State Park. Other pet friendly parks include Flatwoods Wilderness Park, Lake Park, and more.
Take your dog and visit the Florida Botanical Gardens or the Heritage Village. Dogs on leashes are allowed in the outdoor areas. You can visit Adventure Island and Busch Gardens, but dogs aren’t allowed inside the parks. But if you don’t want to leave your dog in the hotel or RV, these places have a temperature-controlled kennel where your dog can stay for a very small fee.
Dogs are allowed in the common areas of Hyde Park Village shopping center. Many stores will allow dogs inside and a few even have water bowls ready for your pet. There is even a Block Pawty in September at this location!
Check out the fenced in dog park on the beach at Davis Island Dog Park. I think my dog Maya would love to play on beach! There are a number of other dog parks in the Tampa Bay, Florida area including Mango Dog Park, Walsingham Park Paw Playground, Enterprise Dog Park, Sand Key Park Paw Playground, and more.
There are so many outdoor restaurants which allow dogs that we just don’t have enough room on this blog to list them all. To find out more information about the pet friendly locations in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, visit DogFriendly.com. If you drive to Tampa Bay, be sure your dog is safely restrained in a dog car harness or car seat for dogs. Don’t forget, DogFriendly.com has lots of other great dog travel destinations.
One of the best vacations I ever took was to Arizona. It was just me and my dog, Smokey. My final destination was the Grand Canyon, but I was pleasantly surprised at the town along the way – Sedona, Arizona. Sedona was beautiful! The red towering rock formations clashed against the bright green trees and other foliage, then set against a bright blue sky. I took hundreds of pictures as I drove down the road. When we stopped for hiking, Smokey did lots of exploring.
I liked Sedona so much that I stayed for two nights before going on to the Grand Canyon. Smokey and I camped overnight rather than stay in a hotel, but Sedona has lots of pet friendly hotels. These pet friendly hotels include Casa Sedona B & B Inn, El Portal, Sedona Real Inn & Suites, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, and more. Be sure to call the hotels to make sure pets are still welcome and if they have restrictions on the size of your pets. You can also rent a vacation home. Visit VacationHomeRentals.com for some great places in Sedona, Arizona.
One great place to hike was the Red Rock Country at Coconino National Forest. Smokey loved this place. I did too. Besides Hiking, you can also take a tour of Sedona with your dog at the Adventure Company Jeep Tours.
After you are done hiking and touring, get a bite to eat at Cucina Rustica, The Grille at ShadowRock, Red Planet Diner, or Open Range Grill and Tavern. Pets are allowed on the patios!
For more places to visit in Sedona, Arizona, click http://www.visitsedona.com/ and have a great trip!
If you and your dog are tired of being cooped up for the winter, it is time to get up and get out. I know it is cold, but if your dog likes snow, he will love a snow day at the dog park. Or just take him to the park with the kids for a little snow sledding. But if you are not for spending time outdoors, go to a Starbucks drive through, get a hot coffee, and ask for a buttered croissant and give your dog a piece or two. A trip to a pet store to look at all the dog toys would be fun too!
The benefits of traveling with your dog are many. First, your dog will learn to be a better traveler. Second, your dog gets more socialization and the more socialization, the better he gets with other people and other pets. Third, the more your dog goes out, the more exercise he gets. And finally, the better he gets at riding in the car, the more likely you are to take him on long road trips instead of leaving him at a boarding kennel.
Wherever you travel with your dog this year, be sure you travel in safety. Have your dog wear a dog seat belt. If he is not used to wearing a dog seat belt, take small trips like to Starbucks or pet stores or dog parks. The more he rides with his dog seat belt on, the more he will get used to it and be ready for the long haul.
Have fun this year and travel safe!
Whether your dog will travel by car or airplane this holiday season, you will need to be sure to pack a few select items. If your dog is to travel by airplane, you will need to get a proper sized carrier. Contact the airline for carrier size specifications and other requirements. If your dog is to travel by car, don’t forget your dog’s car safety device (such as a dog seat belt or pet car seat). Dogs who travel by car or airplane will also need food, water, food and water bowls, a blanket or dog bed, leash, collar with id tags, their veterinary information, and any medications they require. You may also want to consider packing a dog first aid kit, dog toys, and dog waste disposal bags.
Feel free to check off the below items as you get ready for your dog to travel. Some of these supplies can be obtained at Pet Auto Safety.com.
___ dog seat belt
___ jugs of drinking water
___ food bowl
___ water bowl
___ blanket or dog bed
___ make sure your dog is wearing their dog tags and that they are readable
___ veterinary information
___ pet’s medication
___ dog first aid kit
___ dog toys
___ dog waste disposal bags
Before you travel in the car with your dog this summer, the most important thing you should do is consult your dog’s veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy enough to go on a road trip. It is very important to take any health problems your dog may have into account and make sure the trip will not aggravate these health issues. You will also want to consider your dog’s temperament. A dog with a nervous tendency, for example, may not enjoy a long ride in the car. Health problems can occur if a nervous dog is exposed to stress for a long period. If you are unsure how your dog will handle a car ride, take him with you on several small local trips, such as to the park or the pet store. This will not only get them used to a car ride but it will also help them associate it with something fun. Just remember to use a dog seat belt and don’t leave your dog alone in the car.
If the road trip requires overnight stops, check with the hotels or motels you will be staying at to make sure that your dog is welcome. Be sure you pack all the necessary items your dog will need such as food and water, leashes, comfortable bedding, medication, and a first-aid kit. Also be sure to carry your vet’s information with you and see if they can provide you with a 24 hour emergency number. You will also want to make sure your dog is wearing his ID tags and that the information on the tags is legible. Carry a photo of your dog for in case your he gets loose and lost.