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Vacationing with Your Dog

Dog still in tailgate of SUV with suitcases

When you have a pet, traveling can be a bit tricky. You have to find someone to take care of them while you're gone, but you may feel like nobody loves them like you do. What if you didn't have to leave your dog at home? There are plenty of vacations options that are dog-friendly!

Traveling with your dog can be difficult, but if you plan ahead, it can be a fun and unforgettable experience for everyone. Here are some tips to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy throughout all of your summer adventures!

  1. Find Lodging that Allows Pets
    There are a fair amount of hotels and rental homes that allow pets during your stay. Many online sites even allow you to filter search results so that you only see pet-friendly options. Before you book, call and confirm their pet policies – it will save you some trouble down the road.

    Tip: Try a pet-friendly campground. With hiking trails and room to explore, it’s sure to be fun for the whole family.
  2. Don't Leave Your Dog in the Car
    Car rides can be challenging with a dog, especially if you are driving long distances. Leave someone outside with your dog if you stop to get food or go to the bathroom. Cars can get extremely hot when parked in the sun and, if left inside, dogs are at risk of overheating. Besides, it's probably time for a potty break anyways.

    Tip: Some places allow dogs to come inside. Call ahead and plan your pit stops to make traveling a little bit easier.
  3. Pack Water
    Cars aren't the only place that dogs can overheat. Normal activities such as going for a walk can become a health hazard if you don't take the necessary precautions. Panting, loss of energy, lethargy and a dry nose are all signs of dehydration and overheating. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, it may be a good idea for everyone to take a water break in the shade.

    Tip: Bring a collapsible water bowl. You can pull it out to give your dog water and easily fold it up to store it once you are done.
  4. Watch Out for Paw Burns
    Couple walking on trail with their dog A dog's paws are sensitive to heat in the same way that our palms are. Even if they don't show pain, walking on hot pavement can cause serious burns. Test the pavement before taking your dog out for a walk. Be especially careful in cities with dark, paved roads. If it's too hot for your feet, it's too hot for theirs.

    Tip: Try walking in the shade. The pavement will be cooler, and so will you!
  5. Protect Them from Fleas and Ticks
    Would you believe it if we told you there are monsters in the forest? It’s true! These little monsters are called fleas and ticks, and they’re parasitic to humans and animals. They live in heavily wooded areas and tall grass. Check your dog’s fur after being outside to confirm they are flea and tick-free. Once you get home, wash their toys and bedding to get rid of any stowaways.

    Tip: Did you know that fleas and ticks can't fly? Walking on short grass or dirt will make it harder for them to get on you or your dog.

Next time you plan a vacation, bring your four-legged friend along for the adventure!

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