Pet Travel Tips For The Dog Days Of Summer

Summer is here! And that means for many families: vacation time. These tips will help you protect your furry travel companions when traveling with pets this summer.

Smiling tabby dog ​​with tongue out in the back seat of a car

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Who doesn’t love summer vacation? And travel is always more fun when you take your pets with you! But summer pet travel comes with some unique challenges. We’ve put these tips together to make sure you all enjoy the trip.

Summer pet travel tips

1. Underestimate what you can achieve

When you travel with a pet, everything takes a little longer than when you travel alone. And that’s good! It reminds you to slow down and “sniff the roses”.

When calculating the distance you can travel in a day, be conservative with your estimates so you don’t rush your pet. And as you plan things to do in your destination, remember that the warm afternoon temperatures might nudge you inside for a nap.

A good guide is to make the plan…then divide it by two. If you achieve more than that, consider it a bonus!

Brindle puppy sleeping on a brown sofa

2. Book pet-friendly accommodations

Whether you plan to stay in a hotel, condo, or campground, it’s important to understand pet policies. Some places are okay if you leave your pet unattended for a while, others require your pet to be crated if you do, and others don’t allow it at all. It’s important to explain your expectations in detail before you arrive and make sure you’re on the same page so you can plan accordingly.

READ MORE ⇒ Questions to ask BEFORE choosing a pet-friendly hotel

GoPetFriendly has listings for all types of pet-friendly accommodation and activities, from hotels and campgrounds to dog parks and beaches to restaurants and wineries! You can also check with the local visitors office or get the locals perspective by checking out on social media. With a little searching, you’ll find no shortage of pet-friendly accommodations and activities.

Brindle dog lying on a hotel bed and holding a stuffed puppy

3. Pack the right gear

Along with your pet normally travel gear for petsthere are a few additional items for summer travel:

Additional water – Whether you’re driving or flying, it’s important to keep you and your pet well hydrated. Bring extra water and a collapsible bowl, and remember to take frequent breaks for drinks.

dog shoes – In the summer, the sidewalk – and even the sand on the beach – often gets hot enough to burn your pet’s paws. Test it out with your hand or bare foot and if you’re uncomfortable, be prepared with dog boots or a stroller.

temperature monitoring – If you have to leave your pet alone for long periods of time, you should invest in a temperature monitor. These devices will alert you when your pet’s environment reaches a temperature threshold that you set. (For example, if the air conditioning has failed or the electricity has gone out.)

cooling matcooling mats can be used in the car, during a picnic, or at your hotel to give your pet a comfortable place to relax.

cooling vest – Cooling vests use evaporation to keep your dog more comfortable during hikes and other outdoor activities. These vests are often light colored, which also helps prevent dark-coated dogs from absorbing as much heat from sunlight.

Buster the German shepherd walking in purple dog boots

4. Refresh your knowledge about dehydration and heat stroke

If you’re traveling with a pet in the summer, it’s important to monitor them for signs of dehydration and heat stroke. Sunny days, rising temperatures, high humidity and spending time outdoors can quickly lead to problems. Recognizing the symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke in dogs and knowing how to help could prevent serious illness.

READ MORE ⇒ Recognizing and responding to dehydration and heat stroke in dogs

dog on ice

5. Buckle them up for a safe pet trip in summer

When you’re finally ready to hit the road, remember pets are family! Therefore, it is important to keep them secure by buckling them up. Whether you prefer a seat belt or a secured pet carrier, protect yourself and your pet from serious injury every time you get in the car.

If your pet isn’t used to wearing a car safety harness, get used to it slowly. Start by letting him wear him around the house for a short time while you tell him how good he looks. When he’s comfortable indoors, take him out for short rides. Then slowly build up the length of your rides until it’s ready for your road trip.

READ MORE ⇒ Best crash tested dog harnesses for car travel

Brindle dog in a car strapped in with a red crash tested Sleepypod harness

6. Don’t leave pets in hot cars

It is imperative never to leave pets in a hot car. You can succumb to heat stroke within 15 minutes. Ideally, someone in your group can walk your pup while you go to the bathroom. If you are alone, look for pet supply stores or other businesses where pets can take their breaks.

If the only option is to leave your dog alone for a minute, you may need to lock your car and leave it running with the air conditioner on. Make sure you also adjust the parking brake!

READ MORE ⇒ Is it illegal to leave your pet alone in the car?

A dog looking out the window of an orange truck in a state with pet restraint laws

7. Be a good travel ambassador for pets

More and more places are welcoming our pets, making traveling together more fun for all of us! But it’s a privilege that can easily be revoked.

Bad behavior by one person can adversely affect us all! One of our top summer pet travel tips is to be a great example for our wonderful community.

We can do this by being considerate of others and not forcing our pets (or their noise) on those around us. This includes following the rules when it comes to being on a leash and not taking pets where they shouldn’t be. And of course always, always, always after your pets.

Brindle dog looking through the bars of a prison-like window in Tombstone, AZ

8. Stay flexible

If you travel with your pet this summer, unexpected things are likely to happen. The weather is often the culprit, but other obstacles crop up as well.

When you anticipate speed limits, you can gracefully circumvent them—either by rearranging your schedule or realizing that some activities may have to wait for another day or your next visit.

We hope these tips help make this the best pet-friendly summer vacation ever!

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