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Along with the destination, it’s important to consider your dog when you choose lodging. There are many hotels and vacation homes that are pet-friendly; some charge a fee for pets, but it’s typically not very expensive. Also, you should have a clear understanding of pet policies and rules — either look at the hotel/vacation home website or give them a call. Once you confirm your dog is welcome, it’s important to abide by the guidelines. Especially in a hotel, you don’t want to keep other occupants from enjoying their stay.

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The first thing you want to do before heading out is to call your veterinarian. Make sure your pup is all caught up on their vaccinations, exams, bloodwork, and so on. If not, don’t leave town before you visit the vet. You also need to make sure you have any necessary paperwork, and if your dog doesn’t have a microchip, now is the time to get them one. Furthermore, ask your vet for recommendations for things like car sickness, diarrhea, and nausea in dogs. While a vet visit may cost a little money up front, ensuring that your pup is healthy enough for travel can save you from having to pay a more expensive bill later. 

Finally, since dogs tend to get anxious and stressed in new environments, you may need to help your pup transition into whatever mode of transit you’ll be taking. If you’re driving, get them used to it by going on short car rides during the weeks leading up to your trip. If you’re flying, take your dog to the airport terminal so they can become familiar with the sights and smells. The same goes for bus and train stations. 


Even though it takes some preparation, going on a trip with your dog is the best. Just be sure that everything lines up at the vet office, and get any necessary supplies to take with you. Consider your dog’s needs as you choose a destination, go over any pet policies where you’re staying, and try to ease your pup into whatever method of travel you’re taking. Most importantly, stay safe and have the time of your lives!

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Written by:
​Nick Burton


How to Plan for an Awesome, Inexpensive Trip with Your Dog

Traveling is better when you can bring your dog along. Not only do you not have to worry about your pup dealing with separation anxiety while you’re gone, but you can experience new, exciting places together and strengthen your bond. As great as it is to go on a trip with your canine companion, it also requires you to do a little extra planning. Here are some simple, budget-friendly tips to help get you ready for an awesome trip with your dog. 

Contact the Vet

When it comes time to pick a destination for your trip, you have to think about somewhere you and your dogcan both have a good time without spending a lot of money. Beaches are hard to beat because most have long stretches that allow dogs to run free and play. However, depending on how long your trip will be, any place with a dog park or hiking trail nearby can be enjoyable for your pup. Also, a lot of dog owners like to stay at RV parks and campgrounds. 

The things you forget to bring on your trip, you will have to find a store at your destination and purchase them there. To give yourself one less thing to do while you’re supposed to be relaxing on vacation, pack all the supplies you need and take them with you.

Here are some examples of what your pup may need:

  • Foodand treats
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Collapsible bowls
  • ID tag/microchip 
  • Travel carrier
  • Toys
  • Bedding

The most cost-effective way to purchase many of these items is by searching online for coupons codesthat work at stores and online retailers. 

Get the Supplies

Ease into the traveling process

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