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Pet Friendly Travel Tips!

Pet Friendly Travel

Traveling with your pup is easier than ever now. From pet friendly homes to high end hotels, you have a lot of options. There are even travel sites that cater specifically to those traveling with pets. 

NOTES: this feels too broad. Maybe a roadtrip article? And other subtopics? 

General Travel Tips

Before you hit the road (or the skies), it's important to 

Hotels​

The Best of the Best

Many hotels are pet friendly now, but some go above and beyond. 

Some Things To Keep In Mind

Hotel Policies vary a lot--some ask you not to leave your dog alone at the hotel, and if your dog starts parking and causes disruption for neighbors it will be a problem at most hotles. Having the right equipment can go a long ways in keeping your pup manageable too...

AirBnB and other Home Rentals

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On The Road

Jumping in the car with your pup can be an adventure that most dogs will love, but it can become an adventure for you too if your city pup isn't use to car rides.  ​

Here are some tips to keep things safe while your pup gets some exercise and playtime. 

  • Follow the park rules

  • Know your pup and don't push them beyond their limits

  • If tension starts to build at the park or another dog is causing problems, it's usually best to just leave and come back another time. Your priority should be to keep your dog safe

We have more advice in our Dog Parks 101 article. 

Camping

Flying

Pet Friendly Destinations 

Of course weather can be a concern everywhere, but in the city it has a greater impact on your daily life since you tend to be out in it more--from daily walks to time for exercise, 

Snow/Salt

Ice melt chemicals are not regular salt and can cause severe burns to your dog's paws. Businesses tend to apply a lot of ice melt chemicals. While this is generally referred to as “salt”, it's important to note that it's usually potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, or another chemical that can cause severe skin irritation and chemically “burn” your pup’s paws. Some dogs are more sensitive to these ice melting chemicals than others, and repeated exposure can make it worse. Also, if you ever get this on your glove and accidentally wipe your nose with it, you'll have a greater appreciation for just how bad this can be! 

What can you do? Booties or wax, such as Mushers Wax, can be helpful since they provide some protection. It’s also a good idea to rinse or wipe their paws off after walks too.

Heat

Much like dog's paws are sensitive to cold, they can be hurt by heat. Sidewalks tend to heat up to dangerous degrees during the summer, and black asphalt temperatures can even exceed 160. It’s best to avoid asphalt as much as possible, but barring that, booties are useful in these extreme temperatures, as well.

 

Additionally, heat can dehydrate dogs or lead to heat exhaustion the same way it does in people. Having a portable water bottle on hand keeps your pup from suffering from overexertion in the sweltering city, and seeking out shade or cooler areas is a good idea on hot days.

Common City Hazards

Aside from other dogs, cities tend to come with plenty of other things you need to watch out for. Common dangerous items include broken glass, construction materials, and food scraps (particularly chicken bones). Being mindful of these dangers is most of the battle, so you can keep your pup away from them. For a complete list of tips on keeping your dog safe during outings, check out our article on City Safety Tips. 

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