Now that vacation season is upon us many of us like to bring our dogs with us to our favorite vacation spots. If you have a dog with a nervous temperament or a dog that is not well trained you may want to consider boarding them or having a pet sitter come into your home. If you feel like your dog is up for the trip here are a few things to keep in mind.

Get your dog a check-up before you go - make sure all vaccinations are up to date and your dog is on heartworm program. Also, be sure to have updated copies of your dog’s medical records and bring them with you. If your dog is on medication, be sure to bring enough to last the duration of your trip.

Find a vet for your destination – do this BEFORE you leave. Research the area you will be traveling to and find the nearest vet hospital and program the number in your cell phone. You want to be prepared in case of an emergency and time may be critical.

Proper identification – Make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with current information including your cell phone. If your dog is microchipped make sure that information is up to date with your current cell phone number.

Food and treats – make sure to bring plenty of food and any supplements you give your dog plus his favorite treats. It may be harder to find your brand of pet food in different areas of the country.

Riding in the car – try to exercise your dog the day before so he is tired on the day of the trip. Make sure your dog is properly secured in a crate or car restraining device, over excited dogs may bolt when the car door is opened. If your dog has anxiety issues in the car you might try a calming treat to settle him down. If possible, have your pet travel on an empty stomach.

Things to bring along – if you travel with your pet at some point you are going to have to deal with a mess in the car. Be sure to bring cleanup bags, paper towels, plastic bags, and a stain and odor remover with you. Keep them accessible. You also need travel bowls and good collar and leash.

Keeping your dog comfortable – be sure to bring your dog’s favorite toy along with some of his bedding if possible. The more your dog has their comfort items the better they will feel.

Keeping your dog safe – depending on your travel destination you may need different things. First aid kits are always a great idea. You may also need insect repellents, sunscreen or lifejackets. A tick remover is also good to have on hand.

Safe Travels!