Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Doggie Travel Tips

My dog Paisley took her first plane trip today so I thought these travel tips might be useful for those traveling during the holidays with a pooch.
  • Get a travel bag that meets airline specifications and make sure that the mesh is strong enough to hold up to little paws wanting to get out to be next to you.  Paisley managed to make a hole in her carrier. Remember that your dog can't get out of the carrier while on the plane.
  • Talk to your vet about sedation.  My vet at Buckhead Animal Clinic recommended something safe for Paisley.  Consider asking for a stronger dosage if your dog has an anxious personality.
  • Travel early in the morning so that you can feed your dog once you arrive at your destination.  No food or water at least 8 - 10 hours before the flight.  Make sure that they go before you leave your house.  There aren't places to go at the airport.
  • Don't take your pet out of the carrier in the airport.  They might not like to go back into it when it's time to board the plane.
  • Once you arrive, give your dog a healthy dose of love.

Happy travels!

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