Tips for Travelling with Your Dog

As the world begins to open, you might be thinking about your next vacation. Luckily, with so many pet-friendly destinations available, you don’t have to leave Fido at home to enjoy some down time. It also means there will be less anxiety around leaving Fido in another person’s care! Follow ACANA® pet food’s list of tips below for our recommended things to do before and during your trip to make it as seamless and enjoyable as possible—for both you and for your dog.

  1. Do your research. Are the accommodations at your destination dog-friendly? Many hotels offer specific units that are reserved for those travelling with dogs, and even have a designated “potty area” for pooches staying on the premises. Make sure to call your hotel ahead of time to reserve your spot, and take the time to familiarize yourself with their pet policy. Things like not leaving your pet in the room unaccompanied or a maximum number of animals per room are common rules in many hotels.
  2. Bring luggage for Fido, too. Maybe not literally, but make sure you’re packing everything your dog needs for a safe and comfortable journey. Things like a dog bed, leash, a favorite toy, healthy treats and most importantly, their regular dog food, are essential items to pack. Depending on your final destination, your dog’s preferred food may not be available for purchase, so it’s important to pack enough of their regular food to avoid stomach upset due to any changes in their diet during the trip.
  3. Level-set your expectations. While we totally think dogs should be welcome everywhere, we have to accept that some activities just aren’t dog-friendly. Plan to skip activities that aren’t welcoming of dogs or make arrangements to spend a few hours away from Fido to do all those things you wouldn’t be able to with a dog. Also, compromise! That five-star restaurant you read about may not allow dogs, but the more casual restaurant down the street with the outdoor patio might. It’s about finding a balance, and rolling with the punches.
  4. Prepare for emergencies. While it’s unlikely, your dog can get injured or experience an illness during your vacation, so make sure to keep an emergency first aid kit for dogs handy, as well as the contact information for the local veterinarian at your destination. Chances are you won’t need to use either of these, but you’ll be so happy knowing you have it handy if you do.

Traveling can be stressful, and even more so if you add a dog into the mix. By planning ahead, packing all the necessities and being agile with your itinerary of activities, you can ensure that both you and your dog have a happy vacation and safe journey home