Day Out With The Dog: The Essentials You Need

A summer day trip is good. It gives you the chance to stretch your legs, relax, and see a section of the world you usually don’t have the chance to visit. But a summer day trip with the dog? Oh, now that’s a thousand times better still.

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This summer, thousands of families will load their dog into the car and allow them to join in all the fun of the family road trip. It’s a wonderful experience that can unite you as a family, as well as giving your dog the chance to enjoy something different as well. It’s fun, stimulating, and everyone should enjoy it.


To make sure that your dog enjoys it just as much as everyone else, you will need to take a few extra steps – but there’s no doubt it will be completely worth it.


Step One: Health Check


If you’re going to be out and about – potentially even exploring dense grass in the countryside – then you need to make sure your dog’s health is prioritized. It’s vital you check they have had all the necessary jabs; top them up with a dose of flea medicine for dogs; and don’t forget about worming either. It’s also a good idea to take along some sunscreen designed for babies; your dog can get skin cancer too if they’re exposed to too much UV, so slather it on!


Step Two: Travel Check


Next, think about how you’re going to be getting to your day trip destination. If you’re going to drive, then it’s far safer for your dog if you strap them into the car the same way you’d strap yourself in. Look for harnesses that can clip into the existing belt locks on a car, ensuring that in the event of an accident, your pooch has the best chance of making it through unscathed.


Step Three: Nutrition Check


If you’re planning to be out for much of the day, then you need to think about nutrition. First and foremost: water. Dogs get dehydrated quickly (especially when it’s warm) so make sure you have several bottles of water and an inflatable bowl for your furry friend to drink from. Inflatable bowls are a great option if you’re going hiking particularly, as when not in use they just fold flat.


With water sorted, you now need to think about food. You’re not going to be able to just pick something up on the road for your dog, so you need to make sure you pack some appropriate on-the-go food. Dry biscuits are probably the best option, but if you use a chilled container then a few pieces of meat should travel well enough for a single day.


Step Four: Documentation


If your dog is insured, then you need to make sure that you take along their insurance documents. You don’t want to find yourself having to go to an unfamiliar vet and not having the information you require to get them the best treatment. It’s also worth taking along microchip information for the same reason.


With everything packed and ready to go, you’ve covered the bases – now all that’s left is you and your pooch having the time of your lives!

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