Traveling With Fido

Are you planning to take your dog on one last getaway before the end of summer? Do you and Fido have travel plans for fall? Man’s Best Friend loves to explore, and often really enjoys visiting new places and sniffing new patches of grass. In this article, a local Hendersonville, NC veterinarian offers some advice for traveling with your pup.


Fido should be up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control products before travelling. If your furry buddy is due for an exam, get this done before leaving. Your dog should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags. Before leaving, make sure your contact information is correct in the microchip manufacturer’s database. Additionally, we recommend making a list of pet-friendly hotels along your route, just in case you stop unexpectedly.

Packing For The Pooch

You’ll need to bring Fido’s bedding; a week’s worth of food and treats; doggy toys; portable dishes; towels; a brush; waste baggies; a spare leash and collar; copies of your dog’s vaccination and registration paperwork; and a pet first-aid kit. If your furry pal takes medicine, pack that as well. We recommend bringing several days’ worth of the water your pup usually drinks. Strange water can upset your dog’s furry tummy, and you don’t want that! If you’re going boating or swimming, bring a doggy lifejacket. A portable water dispenser is also a good idea. Finally, bring a small fan: this will help mask unfamiliar background noises that may make your dog uneasy at night.

The Car Ride

We recommend that dogs always be crated for travel. Make Fido’s carrier comfy and inviting by adding soft bedding and fun toys. While you’re driving, keep a window cracked, to ensure that your pooch always gets good airflow. Watch for signs of carsickness, which include drooling, vomiting, and sitting in a stiff or hunched position. If your canine pal shows any of these symptoms, stop to give your four-legged buddy some water and let him stretch his legs. You’ll also want to stop regularly to let your furry friend relieve himself. Also—we can’t say this enough—never leave your dog unattended in a car. Temperatures rise very quickly in parked vehicles, and can reach deadly levels in just minutes.

Please contact us, your local Hendersonville, NC animal clinic, anytime. We are here to serve all of your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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