Travelling with your dog

If you plan to go on a vacay with your very special friend-your dog-it pays to brush up on a few handy tips and tricks of travelling with your pet.

21 Mar 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Happy holidaying with your four-legged friend should start with a few words of wisdom on travelling with pets.This will help ensure you prepare for every eventuality and get your holiday off to a great start. After all, the last thing you need on the five-hour car journey is the smell of your dog’s steaming poop in the back seat and the joy of knowing that instead of enjoying a coldie on arrival you’ll be scraping poop off your car’s upholstery!


Taking Rover on a road-trip?

First up, make sure your furry friend is up to a hefty car journey. This might mean a trip to the vet to check your dog is healthy enough to travel or it might just mean making sure that vaccinations, worming and flea treatments are up to date and you’ve thought about paralysis tick prevention-particularly if you plan to stay somewhere near the bush.


If your dog is on medication you’ll want to make sure you’re fully stocked and have enough supply to last your entire holiday.

Losing Fido would quickly turn your trip into a nightmare so you might want to think about microchipping. If you do this, be sure to pop pooch on a national register, as opposed to a state-based one.

Check your dog’s ID tag (if it has one and if not, now is probably a good time to get one). Make sure your contact details are clear and up-to-date.

It’s wise to feed your dog a good few hours before you set off on your trip. You never know if your dog is going to get car sickness.

No one knows your dog like you do so think of ways in which you can make the trip as comfortable as possible. A vehicle restraint might be appropriate or perhaps simply taking your dog’s favourite toy will settle Fido. Don’t forget food and drinking water too, plus a comfy bed to sleep on.

If you dog’s not used to travelling in the car, schedule in a few car rides before you set off on your trip. Allow your dog to roam free in the car while it's parked in the driveway with the engine off. This will help your canine comrade get used to the new environment.


When planning your holiday route schedule in toilet breaks and outside exercise time. This will make travelling more enjoyable for both you and your pal. When taking a rest stop keep your dog on a leash as even the most gentle-natured dogs can be unpredictable in new environments and even more so if they’re not used to car travel.

If you stop to grab a coffee or a bite to eat park in the shade, leave the car windows open an inch and make sure your dog has some water to drink. Don’t leave your dog unattended for more than five minutes.


Canine kit bag

You wouldn’t head off on holidays without a few essentials and neither should your dog. Here are a few ideas on what to pack when travelling with your pet.

  • Bedding
  • Favourite toy
  • Water bowl
  • Food, bottle of water, treats
  • Medication, if required
  • Grooming items and towel
  • Collar and lead
  • Trowel or ‘pooper scooper’ and plastic bags to clean up doggy do do.

21 Mar 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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