If you’re feeling a little burned out at work and want to go on a holiday, now’s the best time to do it. After all, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is essential. Nothing beats the feeling of being recharged and refreshed after a brief pause from reality.
It’s time to book and schedule a holiday with your canine best friend because chances are they’re also in need of this break. Check out Dog Friendly Retreats to discover pooch-friendly cottages suitable for you and your companion. Once you’ve selected the best location, it’s time to create a checklist of what you need to pack for your holiday with your fur baby.
Here are the essentials to keep your pet-friendly holiday smooth and successful:
Dog Collars, Leash, And Name Tag
There’s a little chance of forgetting these essentials, but it’s worth including them here. You must bring your dog’s collar, leash, and name ID. The name tag is essential for easy identification in case your dog goes missing while you’re traveling. No matter how smart or keen their memory is, there are chances of you losing sight of them when playing in large parks or crowded places. Name tags are easy to purchase as they’re available in many pet stores and online shops. When your pet wanders away, these tags help him reunite with you easily. Strangers can read their name tags and contact you easily since your information is also written on them.
If you have an extra name tag engraved with the address of your holiday accommodation and your mobile phone number, your beloved companion can be traced back to you even more quickly. Always ensure your fur baby wears their name tag no matter where you go. Try to purchase one with the right fit on their collar so it won’t easily be removed. Ensure your dog’s microchip is registered with a microchip agency if you want extra protection. Updating your pet’s tags and microchip increases his chances of being reunited with you if he gets lost. Finally, once the collar and name tags are ready, invest in a good leash or harness. Letting them free is okay in places where you’re sure they won’t get lost. However, if it’s risky enough, let your dog wear a leash or a harness with a shorter lead, so they’re always closer to you. This is also safer for other dogs and kids, as you can control your dog easier when they have the urge to attack or mingle with others.
Dog Cushion And Blankets
Traveling to unfamiliar places might take time for your furry pet to get accustomed to. They may feel anxious, stressed, or sad about leaving home, especially if they’re not used to traveling and visiting foreign places. The secret to this is to bring some things that are familiar to them. While your dog-friendly hotel and accommodations might offer dogs’ blankets and beds, it’s ideal for bringing the ones they use at home.
They can smell and feel how familiar their cushions and blankets are, so they can rest and sleep better even in a new room they visited for the first time. It’s wise to bring these essentials since some hotels may not provide them in your accommodations. It’s essential for your pooch to have somewhere comfy to curl up, which reminds them of their home.
Taking as many of their belongings as you can is a good idea. You don’t want your pet to feel worried and upset, so you should provide them with familiar items such as their own bed, blankets, and toys. This is very helpful for them to adjust to their new environment easily.
Dog Food And Snacks
Your dog needs to be fed according to its usual routine and schedule. Instead of trying out new foods they may not like, it’s better to pack their usual grain-free dog food and snacks. It’s safer not to take any chances with new dog foods, as it might only lead to some issues. Or they might not like it and end up starving them.
Whenever you’re traveling, you mustn’t assume that you’ll be able to find your dog’s preferred brand. Chances are your local city is the only place where you can find their food. Therefore, pack their usual dog food and make sure the quantity can last the entire trip. Don’t forget to bring their favorite treats and snacks so they can have something to munch on during breaks and siestas.
Like humans, dogs must be constantly prepared for accidents and unexpected situations. It’s wise to pack a first-aid kit that contains all the necessary vitamins and medicines they need. Your dog can get sick during your holiday, so ensure to pack the correct medications in their first-aid kit. You can discuss it with your vet so that they can advise on what to bring. But typically, it’s best to get some tongue depressors, sting relief, and medicines for cuts, burns, or bruises.
If you’re worried about your dog’s first time flying with you on the plane, you may ask your vet for some medication to help treat your dog’s anxiety. However, to determine how your pet will respond to these medications, you should test them at home first. If they react well to it, you can keep another one for the flight back home.
Medical Records And Documents
Before traveling, ensure to pack all of your dog’s medical records and documents. Some airlines and hotels require these before bringing your dog with you. You should gather your dog’s medical records, including vaccination certificates, lab work, and medical reports from the vet. This ensures that your holiday with your best friend will be trouble-free and well-organized. You should also pack your vet’s contact information, insurance information, and any other details that may be helpful in an emergency for your dog.
Checking in to a pet-friendly cottage should be on top of your list. This helps to ensure that your dog will enjoy their holiday as much as you. Once you’ve chosen the best place and hotel, it’s time to pack all of the essentials listed above. Hopefully, you won’t forget anything, so your trip with your canine will be as enjoyable as you expect it to be.