The arrival of a dog into a family is always a hard moment to deal with. All priorities change, there are less places to visit, all your freedom fall down till almost 0; but nothing in a person’s life can compare to the having of a pet in the house.
As we said, the commitment is quite heavy, and it becomes the most speaking about holidays; following some advices, by Dogalize’s Veterinarians, to travel with our pet and to live with no worries at all one of the most beautiful experiences in our lives.
1-Identification: the underskin microchip is mandatory, starting from the 4th month of the dog’s life. This technology is important to recognize the dog if it gets lost, and it can be read by Veterinarians all over the world. It’s mandatory to travel into the EU
2-European Passport: mandatory document to travel alongside with the dog. The Passport has to be compiled with the owner’s data, the dog’s data, all the vaccines and the treatments done (some of them are obligatory, just like the Pinworm one, to travel in the UK)
3-Remember its things: a dog is not so different from a baby, whenever we have to travel, both for long and short trips. Bringing some of their favourite toys, a bowl (those foldable ones are just perfect) and the medicines will convert the trip into a way more comfortable experience
4-Travel by car: if you travel by car, DON’T put the dog into the car and leave. You don’t know how it will react; you have to accustom the dog to the car, driving every day a little more till the animal is accustomed. If the pet suffers and vomits, don’t even try to travel by car; it may suffer of motion sickness, and even trying to travel will be pointless. Even more important never, never leave the dog alone into the car, if the car’s under the sun; the heat will kill your dog in a few hours
5-Physiologic parameters: its good to be aware of any signal that can show us that our dog is sick. Those are the basic parameters, to be checked frequently:
-rectal temperature: 38-39°C
-Cardiac frequency: 70-130 bpm (the smaller the dog, the higher the frequency)
-Breathing frequency: 10-40 breaths/minute (the smaller the dog, the higher the frequency)
-Glycemia: 70-130 mg/dl (fasting, it corresponds to a 4-7 mmol/L)
If we follows those simple rules, your holiday alongside with your pet will be absolutely amazing!
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Editorial Director of Dogalize , the pet social network No. 1 in Italy.
I live with a girl and two 4-legged daughters, Phoebe and Maya