Summer is the time of the year when the kids (in most cases) are out of school for at least a short time and families plan everything from a day trip of hiking or a boating trip to a week long (or more) vacation. Many families include their pets. If you’re one of them, or have been thinking about including Fido in the family fun, it’s easier than you think.
With some pre-planning and some precautions, your dog can enjoy the summer fun you plan to have with you.
Besides the standard precautions of keeping your dog on a leash, picking up their waste and NEVER, EVER leaving them in a car (not even for a minute), taking these steps will mean fun for the entire gang.
- Just remember that even though your pup is well behaved, that doesn’t mean every other dog out there is too. Never let you dog interact with strange dogs until you talk to the owners and get their permission.
- Don’t let you dog get overheated and carry plenty of water for you and Fido. Whatever you do, don’t forget your pets bowl. I have collapsible, fold-able canvas bowls that are compact and great for travel as they can fit in a car, backpack and even into some pockets.
- If you’re hiking, be on the lookout for scorpions, spiders and snakes and even coyotes in some places. Usually they will shy away from humans but an unexpected encounter could happen and could be bad for everyone.
- Consult your vet about the correct dosage of antihistamines you should carry with you in case of a bee sting or snake bite.
- Get acquainted with the area for yourself and your pet. Know where the closest open veterinarian office is located and where the emergency, after hours vet is too. Also, know where the closest hospital with an emergency room is for you and your family.
- If you’ve decided to check out the lakes and go boating make sure your dog has a life jacket specifically for him. And remember, it’s the law for all human passengers to have a life jacket.
- You might not think about this one, but you should have proof that your dogs shots are up to date with you wherever he goes. If you don’t have the tag, then get proof from your vet before you leave and carry it in a ziploc to protect it in the event you might need it.
Having fun with the entire family, including your dog, is really awesome and nowhere near as hard as you might have thought. So, be prepared, grab the leash and your pet “go-bag” (see below) and head on out for that family adventure that everyone will enjoy.
Pet Go Bag:
It’s great to get out with your pet and the family but, just as you should have a small “Go Bag” for the family, you might want to have one for your pet to. It’s small and can be put in a backpack in most cases and consists of:
- Medications for travel if your pet has on-going health needs
- Ziploc bag with most recent shot record in it
- Extra leash/harness
- Pet comfort items (favorite blanket, toy or two) while traveling
- Pet waste bags
- Enough food for the trip
“Did he say I could come too?”