When packing your dog’s bags, what are the top 7 items that your dog should not be without during the holiday?
1. ID TAG Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag with a contact number that works where you are staying. This is the quickest way to ensure you will be reunited with your pet if they get lost. Prior to departure, check that your pet’s microchip details are up to date with your current contact details.
2. FOOD – Pack your dog’s regular food as you may not be able to buy it at your holiday destination and a sudden change of diet can cause tummy upsets.
3. BEDDING – pack your dogs own bedding for them to sleep on, so they have a familiar home comfort and you know it will be clean.
4. WATER BOWL AND LEAD – it is important to stop for regular toilet and water breaks. Make sure you always have your dog on a lead at these times as many dogs run away when they find themselves in a new environment.
5. FLEA TREATMENT – Your new environment may harbour fleas, so apply a flea preventative before you leave and apply as necessary on you travels.
6. PARALYSIS TICK PREVENTION – If you are travelling to a coastal destination, phone ahead to the local vet at your destination and ask if paralysis ticks are prevalent in the area. Paralysis ticks are deadly and you need to start preventative treatment prior to departing for your holiday and continue while on holiday.
7. RESTRAINT When travelling in a car, you must restrain your dog so they can’t be a distraction while you are driving. Confine small dogs in a crate and make sure large dogs are harnessed or wearing a seat belt or sitting behind a barrier. This prevents them from becoming flying missiles, should you have an accident.
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