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When you're out and about in a new place, it's natural for things to go not quite how you expected. Even the most prepared of dog owners are bound to come across new situations in an unfamiliar setting.

To help, we've put together a few pointers to help guide you, as well as prepare you for some of the things that might happen.

First aid:

It's always a good idea to keep a doggie first aid kit on you while you're away for doing things like removing ticks. You'll also want to keep any medication they're taking on you as well. But if your dog needs more urgent attention, you'll need to take them to the nearest vet.

Most vets will have emergency appointments available as well as out of hours appointments. It's worth making sure you have the details for the nearest vet before you leave, so you can act as quickly as possible in case of any emergency. You'll also want to make sure you have your pet insurance details to hand.

Car sickness:

Long car journeys can mean your dog can feel travel sick.

Signs of travel sickness in dogs include:

  • Yawning
  • Panting
  • Whining
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you know your dog can get car sick, speak to your vet about some of the anti-nausea drugs available which can lessen motion sickness.

To help, it's also worth making sure you have something fun planned for your dog once you've completed your car journey, so you can maintain those positive associations with getting into the car.

Always try and plan a route that doesn't include too many winding roads and hills. Take regular breaks so your dog can get some fresh air.

Avoid giving them food close to travelling and make sure they are reassured while in the car with you.

If they are in a travel cage, make sure the cage is sturdy to reduce movement.

Some helpful things to have with you in the car include:

  • Newspapers (to line the cage with)
  • Towels
  • Fresh blankets
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Carrier bags/poop bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Water and water bowl
  • A pet calming remedy
  • Any anti-travel sickness medication that has been approved by your vet

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To help avoid as many of these situations as possible, it's always worth keeping a check on the things you can prevent. These include:

  • Making sure your dog is well-trained so that you can keep them under tight control.
  • Ensuring your dog has regular vet checkups and that their jabs and boosters are all up-to-date.
  • And finally, researching the area that you're going to as thoroughly as possible, so you can spend your holiday relaxing.

Finally, we hope you enjoy spending time away with your dog on holiday. Remember to print off any checklists from our blog series on holidays with dogs. And if you find you're missing anything, head over to our travel section for all your dog (and pet!) essentials.

Happy holidays!

 

Disclaimer: This content in this article is intended for information or entertainment purposes only, it is not intended to replace the advice of a vet or animal health professional. Your use of the information is entirely at your own risk and Me & My Pets assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of the information found on this site. If you have any questions or concerns over your pet's wellbeing you should consult your vet immediately.