Zoe crashed after a long trip.
If you are planning a summer trip with your dog and they are on any type of medication, it is important to follow a few simple steps to make sure they will stay safe and healthy during the trip. Here are some things we learned from the trip with our pack of senior rescue dogs.
Start with enough medication for dogs for the trip
Before you go on a trip with your dog, determine how many days will disappear, then add in a week or two for safety to come up with the maximum days of medication that your dog may need. Examine all the bottles and check the required dosage, count the pills you have on hand and, if necessary, order more.
Note which medications require special handling, such as protecting them from sunlight (most antibiotics) or if they need cooling. Order all necessary medicines from your veterinarian and let them know that you will be traveling, especially if they have set you up for automatic refills or medicines by mail.
It is a good idea to include a first aid kit for pets in the same container where you will store your medicines. A good pet first aid kit to pick up when traveling with your dog will include a wound seal, medical tape and gauze, a thermometer to check for fever, along with eye wash, scissors and filling material. of wounds. Orvis and Chewy offer good first aid kits for dogs.
Pet car disease and other problems
Does your dog suffer from car sickness while traveling, like some of ours? If so, there are medications that veterinarians can prescribe that can be given to relieve the car’s illness for pets. Make sure you have a good supply of wet wipes, garbage bags and other cleaning products if your dog is prone to getting sick in the car. Cleaning the bar from car upholstery is not fun, so also consider putting some waterproof material or waterproof pet covers on the seat and floor before you travel.
Fleas, ticks and parasites, oh my God!
Fleas and ticks are always a constant problem for people traveling with their pets. Your own yard may be free of fleas and ticks, but new areas such as rest areas are great places for your dog to pick up a few pests. (Let me tell you about the time when Zoe picked up dozens of ticks at a vacation spot in Colorado in just about 10 minutes!)
In addition, if you do not treat heartworm disease at home and travel to an area where heartworm parasites are common (most of the country), make sure the veterinarian has prescribed supplies for your dog. Below is a map of where heartworm disease is most common in the United States.
As parents of pets who have adopted dogs infected with heartworm disease, we can honestly say that this disease is not something you should risk your pet ever getting, especially with such effective preventatives as Heartguard there.
Map showing where the differential is
Have your veterinarian do a health check before the trip
You’ve checked your car and you’re ready to go, but what about your best friend? Before embarking on a long trip with your dog, it is a good idea to plan a routine health checkup with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may be able to diagnose any condition in advance so that your dog does not end up getting sick while traveling. This is also a good time to ask them to prescribe enough medication to last your trip.
Keep your medications cool
Most medications need to be kept in a cool, dark place to maintain their effectiveness. To keep our dog’s medicine cool while traveling, we use a small cooler lunch bag that we can keep on top of our larger ice box. Make sure that whatever you do, do not allow your dog medications to soak while the ice melts in your cooler.
Below is the little chill we take with our dogs when traveling with up to six different medications for our adult dogs.
Our medicines for dogs in the refrigerator.
Consider getting pet insurance before traveling
Pet insurance is not always the most cost-effective way to take care of your pet’s medical needs, but it has its place for those who travel frequently with their dogs. Travelers Insurance Company offers pet insurance that covers your dog in the United States and Canada. First, make sure your dog meets the conditions, as some rules have exceptions to existing conditions.
Get medical records
Whether you decide to buy health insurance for pets, at least make sure you carry all of your dog’s health records with you. This makes it easier for the new veterinarian to properly diagnose and treat your dog’s condition.
Keep your dog hydrated and make pots
If you’re traveling with your dog and they sleep comfortably in the back seat, it’s tempting to just keep driving to your destination, especially if you’re on a schedule. However, it is essential to stop often to allow them to take a break from the potty and get them to drink water.
We find that it is sometimes difficult to get our dogs to drink water in rest areas or other places where we stop because they are so excited to go out and smell that they refuse to drink. Giving them water in the car can be a confusing endeavor, so we use this small, BPA-free dog water bottle that allows us to go back and take a sip while squeezing water into the top glass of a bottle underneath. .
Also, many medications will make your dog drink more water than usual, and may even cause dehydration, so be sure to give him enough water to keep them hydrated enough.
One really good rule to follow when traveling by car with your dog is to feed them at the same time as when you are at home. This keeps their digestive system running more smoothly and reduces anxiety.
Keep your pet safe in your car and have contact information labels
This is not a problem with pet medications, but keeping your dog secured with a seat belt is crucial to traveling safely with your dog. You can do everything else to keep your pet safe and healthy, but if they are not properly restrained and you have an accident, both you and your dog can be injured or killed if they get in the air.
A pet belt is a must
Before you go on a trip, take the pet harness that attaches to the seat belts of your vehicle and use it religiously. Also, as with children, you should not allow them to ride in the front seat. (A pet in the front seat will also accidentally turn the airbag indicator on the passenger seat of your car on and off.)
The topic of keeping your pet’s ID card will be the subject of our next post. Be sure to update your dog’s markers and get them microchipped. If they are microchipped, make sure your contact information is up to date in the database. Call the vet who microchips your dog if you are not sure how to do this.