English Cocker Spaniels

An Online Owners Guide




Traveling With Your Pet

'Morgan' and 'Barra' - O'Crowley

Traveling with your pet can be a rewarding experience. You don't have to leave your best friend behind, kenneled in strange surroundings, while you vacation. You'll double your enjoyment and increase your personal safety as well, by bringing your four-footed friend along. If your pet is a great companion at home, he can be an even better companion on the road. 
Naturally, the younger they are on their first road trip, the more quickly they will adapt to traveling with you. Of course, every pet is different.   It might be best to plan a few short trips before setting out on a lengthy voyage. Some pets are prone to carsickness, and some allow their nervousness to overwhelm them, making their trip a trauma instead of fun. Your veterinarian can prescribe something to make their travels less stressful and sometimes a small piece of candy (remember NEVER any chocolate) or a bit of honey given just before leaving home can soothe their tummies as well. It's always best to wait a couple hours after your pet's last meal before starting your trip. 

How often should you stop to let your dog walk? Unless you're traveling with a very young puppy, your dog shouldn't have to exercise or use the bathroom any more often than you do. Be sure to always walk your dog on lead. Since your pet will be in unfamiliar territory, if he runs away, it will be less likely that he could find his way home, or that you could find him. You will probably be in high traffic areas too, which are unsafe at all times for unleashed pets. 

Remember to pack enough of his regular food to last through the entire trip, or make certain that he is used to a food that is readily available at most pet stores along your route. 

"Walking My Baby" - Roth

Pups with frozen water bottle - Land

It's usually a good idea to take along water from home, as strange water can easily upset your pet's stomach too. A few days before your trip, fill a few plastic milk jug or soda bottles with water and freeze.  This will not only help keep the food in your
cooler or ice chest cold without the usual mess of melting ice, but as the ice in the bottles thaw, you have nice cool water for your pet (and you) to drink. In really hot weather, your pets will appreciate a nice icy bottle to wrap around as they literally "chill out."

Call ahead to make motel or campground reservations at places that will accept pets. Be responsible while staying at these accommodating vacation spots to ensure that those who follow you will also be accepted as readily. Always clean up after your pet's potty walks. If you don't have room to pack in your regular pooper-scoopers, don't forget to take along a box of plastic baggies for quick pickup and easy disposal of feces. 

Never allow your pet to sleep on the motel's comforter and/or sheets. Bring a sheet from home to toss over the bed if your pet is used to sleeping with you. 

"On The Road" - Cook

Feed your pet in the bathroom, so spills can be easily cleaned up.  Don't leave your pet unattended in the room. Take along his crate and leave him inside it if you have to leave the room. Always keep your pet on a leash on motel/campground property. 

"Don't Forget My Favorite Toy!" Owczarzak

When packing your pet's "luggage" it's always a good idea to take along a few extra old towels and a roll or two of paper towels for emergencies. You should also pack his food and water bowls, his favorite bed/blanket, a few of his favorite toys and his collar/leash. It might also be a good idea to take along a bottle of flea spray, since your pet will be walking in pet walks where he may pick up some unwanted pests

Most importantly, plan on having fun with your pet. Look at this as an adventure, a glorious excursion with your best friend, not as a chore.

Have a safe and happy trip!