A: Sure! Bringing your dog home for the holidays will definitely add to the fun. There are just a few things to keep in mind while you get your suitcase packed and gas in the car for the trip.
Although it hasn’t been legislated yet, it’s only a matter of time before New York passes a law that dogs must be restrained while traveling in a car. It actually makes good sense to keep your dog safe by using a special seat belt harness that you can find online or in any pet supply store. Kurgo makes some of the best ones I’ve seen.
If you don’t already have ID tags for your dog, get one now! Even better, have him microchipped. This is a permanent form of identification, and helps ensure your dog is returned to you if he gets lost during the trip.
Who doesn’t have a photo of their dog on their smartphone? Download the photo and print it out to make it easier for others to help you look for him should he get lost.
Bring bottled water and your dog’s own food and bedding. Familiar items will make him more comfortable and prevent stomach upsets as well.
And speaking of upsets, if your dog tends to get anxious or sick in the car, ask your veterinarian to recommend a medication.
Plan to stop every 4 hours or so to give your dog (and you!) a break. Always leash your dog before taking him out of the car.
Before leaving on your trip, and after you arrive, give your dog plenty of exercise. Exercise will help him be more relaxed and able to acclimate to his new surroundings. Enjoy spending time with your loved ones, especially since ALL of your family members – even the four-legged ones – are together for the holidays!