Fidel is ready to hit the road this summer and he is super excited! After all, he knows hewill be getting all this extra attention and care that he always gets while at home. He learned from an early age how to be the perfect travel companion: he's been with us during short and longer road trips, he has joined us in hotels and he knows that we will make sure that each and every family trip is safe and comfortable for him.
Ever since he was 2 months old, he had all the best care -- not only from us but also from an excellent veterinarian, Dr. Elena Karaggelis. Her knowledge and advice was valuable in writing this post but, as every pet owner and doctor knows, each animal has different needs and you should always consult your veterinarian when traveling with your best friends.
In this post, I am sharing with you my tips for safe and comfortable trips with our Fidel.
Τraveling by car is a slow process for a dog. To be able to get used to car rides, you should take him in several shorter rides around town before.
BEFORE THE TRIP
Fidel got his own car seat belt before even taking his first trip. Seat belts come in different sizes (Fidel uses Small) and they are an essential for car rides. A dog should be trained to wear its seat belt ever since it is a puppy. This way, trips will be safe and as comfortable as they can be for both the dog and the driver.
Fidel always sits in the back of the car, making sure he has eye contact with one of the passengers on the front. He quicly got used to wearing his seat belt, so he didn't have to travel in a crate.
Ever since I got Fidel, back in November 2015, I have never seen another dog wearing a seat belt! It is a basic safety rule when it comes to traveling with your pet for the passengers and the animal altogether.
Fidel enjoying his trip!
Before our trip, we payed a visit to Elena to stay up-to-date with his vaccinations while we took her advice on creating the perfect First Aid Kit and updated his veterinary records.
Our scheduled vet visit with Elena
It is mandatory for a dog to have a microchip with your contact information registered so that should anything happens and he gets lost, a veterinarian can use it to identify him. A name tag serves the same purpose -- Fidel has one with two contact numbers on it!
When we take long road trips, we always make a stop for Fidel to stretch and walk around a bit. He definitely appreciates the fresh air!
There are times I sit with him in the back, holding his paw so he can feel like the king he is!
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