How to Take a Vacation With Puppies

A woman and her pet dog inspect a pet hotel in Japan

Will you take your dog on for the holidays or will you board them or leave them with a pet sitter? Make your plans now so that your dog will know what to anticipate and that they will both enjoy a safe and stress-free holiday.

Many of us take vacations away from home, host visitors at our homes, or travel to see family and friends. Humans benefit from much-needed stress release provided by time off from work and a change of routine. But when it comes to furry family members, the same is not necessarily true.

Know Your Pet

Good travel arrangements rely on your unique situation and your pet's preferences. Does your dog enjoy meeting new people, run away, or act out when they approach? Maybe your nephew has allergies, your brother's cat despises dogs, but the new puppy likes to ride in the car.

Some dogs thrive while boarded at the kennel, which can keep them away from youngsters who yank on their hair. Even the most well-mannered dog might accidentally scratch a newborn and land you both in the with the new parents. When left alone, some needy dogs that experience go on a hunger strike.

Your Vacation Plans

Destination matters, too. Your pups may not be welcome at a Colorado ski resort. Even if they are, the crew must be happy campers—literally, if you plan hiking trips or outdoor overnights.

Although it is possible to train a puppy to use the litter box, you should have someone check on your puppy more regularly so they may go outside for meals and bathroom breaks. However, you can leave puppies at home alone for brief periods of time. If food is left out all at once, some puppies will consume the equivalent of four days' worth at once. Additionally, young canines are renowned for mischief when left unattended, so this is not the best choice. Make plans for a friend, a neighbor, or a professional pet sitter to stop over at least once each day to check on the dog's food and water and take him outside for bathroom breaks. While you're away, the puppy will welcome some fun and affection.

Boarding Options

Many puppies stay in kennels without incident. Get immunization confirmation from your veterinarian in advance since reputable kennels want evidence of sufficient medical care. Modern facilities now offer couches for pets and opportunities for them to play with other canines. To help owners keep a check on their furry pals while they are away, some kennels even feature closed-circuit television monitors that can be accessed online.

You should personally inspect the kennel, get referrals from previous customers or veterinarians, and be confident that your dog's requirements will be addressed and that he or she will be happy there. For instance, make sure the staff is aware of and capable of handling the fact that they require a specific diet or medication at specific times of the day.

Veterinarians may have kennel space available for dogs with health issues that need monitoring. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations regarding boarding facilities.

Pet Sitters

A pet sitter visits your home at prearranged times to provide your animals the individual attention and care they require while you are gone. It's crucial that the pet sitter makes you and your animals feel at ease. Before you go, schedule at least one visit for the pet sitter to meet your animal family and observe how they get along. Continually request references. Additionally, you may look through trade associations like Pet Sitters International and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

Care and Medical Needs

Make sure to provide thorough instructions on how to care for each pet, contact information for the veterinarian, and phone numbers where you can be contacted in an emergency. A "just in case" authorization for medical care can be signed after discussing it with your pet's doctor (you can designate the dollar amount). In this way, even if you are unable to provide your consent in person, emergency treatment will still be provided and paid for.

Even if your dog is a wonderful traveler and accepted at your holiday spot, you'll still need to provide evidence of its current health. A Health Certificate, necessary for pets traveling on airplanes or across state borders by automobile, can be obtained from your veterinarian.

To learn about the most recent pet policies, contact airlines and accommodations in advance. The pet carrier must fit beneath the airline seat in front of your legs in order to be considered "carry-on" luggage. Find out ahead of time because pet travel is now far more expensive and some hotels and carriers no longer accept animals.

You may relax and enjoy your time worry-free if you take the necessary steps to ensure your pet's comfort while you are away. Don't your pups deserve joyful holidays too after all the joy they offer you throughout the year?