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July 05, 2022 3 min read
Summer is finally here, which means many of us will be counting down the days until summer vacation! Whether you are taking a road trip, spending some time camping, or if you're headed to a cottage, we have some tips for making travelling with your pooch as easy as possible.
If you’re not one of the lucky pet owners whose dog enjoys car rides, road trips with pets can be very daunting! When planning your route, make sure to include time for breaks so that your dog gets a chance to pee, drink water and move around. If your dog is an anxious traveller, you may want to consider one of the below options.
BEATING THE HEAT
It doesn’t take much for dogs to overheat on hot summer days. If your vacation accommodations don’t include air conditioning, you may have to plan for ways to help keep your pet cool. If you have an active trip planned, make sure you know your dog’s limitations! Even the most healthy & active dog can become quickly exhausted or dehydrated in the heat. Pay close attention to any warning signs your dog may display and know when to pack it in.
When camping, it’s key to find shaded spots for your dog to stay safe from the sun and always offer plenty of fresh water. Swimming is a great summer activity, not only for exercising your pet but to keep them cool as well. For those extra hot days, there are many cooling items you can invest in such as cooling dog beds, vests, or smaller items that don't take up as much room in your luggage such as a cooling bandana.
KEEPING PESTS AWAY
There are many pests to be mindful of during the summer including mosquitos and ticks. These bugs not only make pets uncomfortable, but they can also carry harmful diseases that pose a serious risk to dogs. It is important to have a method of prevention for these pests to keep pets safe when spending time outdoors in the seasons when these biting bugs are active.
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TRAVELLING WITH RAW DOG FOOD
If your trip accommodations have enough freezer space, travelling with frozen raw dog food might not be a concern. However, if you have limited freezer space or if you’re camping, frozen raw can be challenging. Despite the challenges, many people choose to continue to feed frozen raw food when they camp.
Tips for feeding raw dog food on camping trips:
Sometimes it might not be possible to stick with fresh food when travelling. The next best thing would be packing a high-quality freeze-dried or dehydrated raw option.