Top 5 Tips for Dog Travel including the Dog Travel Crate
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
At Eden Vale Inn, we pamper your traveling dog in our special pet-friendly rooms. Here are some tips for traveling with your best friend, including the consideration of a dog travel crate. Some of this good information is from the American Kennel Club.
Prepare before you go
Make sure your dog gets a thorough check-up from your veterinarian. Bring the records of vaccinations, medications, and other physical needs in case Fido needs pet care on the trip. Make sure current contact information is on your dog’s collar in case you get separated. Microchips are a good way to identify your dog.
What should you pack?
According to the ASPCA, a pet’s travel kit should include travel papers, familiar dog food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit. Bring lots of water that is familiar to Rufus to avoid stomach upset. They also suggest packing a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. One thing we would add, for comfort and fashion, is a dog walking harness. A harness can be much more comfortable, and make for a more a spiffy travel outfit, than just an around-the-neck collar.
Safe car rides with a dog travel crate
Consider a crate for your dog to ride in. It provides safety and containment. Introduced to your dog with kindness, a crate becomes a familiar and safe den. It can also be brought into your B&B room as a familiar home for Rover. Choose a crate that is large enough for your pup to stand, sit, turn, and lie in. It should have a comfortable mat or blanket, and have nothing sharp protruding into it. If you close the door for a while, make sure to have a bowl of water available, and maybe a toy.
Totally optional: A little TV or tablet that is tuned into a nature show.
Take care when parking
Remember that on hot days, vehicles heat up very quickly and can be a hazard to anyone in the car, including Bella the Labrador. And on cold days, a car can become like a refrigerator. Always park in shade when it is hot, with the windows opened. Do your best to take turns so a human is always with the pup. If you must just dash in to do something quick, make sure to come back promptly to the car. It’s also a good idea to let your dog out and walk around periodically. Same for your human passengers!
Tips for your stay at Eden Vale Inn
We welcome well-behaved dogs in our rooms and we work hard to be one of the best pet friendly hotels in Northern California. Our pet-friendly rooms have private exterior entrances so it’s easy to take your dog out to explore the many great features of the property. Our pet guests love swimming in the pond, walking around the gardens, and sitting by the fire pit. Sorry, s’mores are not good for Daisy … but we might not notice if a plain graham cracker somehow makes its way to her!
Speaking of food, we offer an outdoor guest kitchen where you can cook meals onsite and not leave your pet in the car. And to work it off, the local area abounds with many miles of pet-friendly trails and activities. See more about these Placerville Pet Friendly Rooms:
Enjoy your travels, and if you end up at Eden Vale Inn, enjoy your stay! Feel free to contact us with any questions about your upcoming visit.