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Things to Pack for Your Dog on Vacation

So you have decided to take your dog on a vacation this year. You will surely have loads of fun together. However, if you would like to make sure that they are comfortable in their new environment and make the most out of the break, you will have to create a separate packing list for them as well. Below you’ll find a list of things you shouldn’t forget about when going on a holiday with your pet.


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The Food
It is not a good idea to change your pet’s diet before you would go on vacation. Your dog will have too much change anyway, so having the food they are used to will help them settle in and will help prevent stomach problems. Get a bag of your usual dog food and place it in an easy to seal container and you are ready to go. Be prepared for increased appetite, due to the fresh air and activities, so take a little more than you would normally need at home.
Water Bowl (Self Filling)
No matter how much you enjoy your dog’s company on vacation, there will be times when they will be left in your hotel or cabin. If you don’t want to check on them every hour to make sure that they have enough water, especially in the summer, you can get a self filling water bowl and fill it up in the morning to last all day. This way, you can also avoid spills and accidents, and can supply clean and fresh water for your sloppy drinker throughout the day. It is also a good idea to bring a jug of bottled water, because different water than normal can also cause an upset stomach.
Travel Bed


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It is also important that your dog stays comfortable on the vacation. While you will have the bed, they will only have the floor, unless you bring a pet bed with you. A memory foam dog travel bed will be easy to fit in your car trunk, and provide the right temperature, no matter what the weather and climate is like.

Medication 
If your dog suffers from any health issues, be sure to bring their normal medications along. If they suffer from joint problems, the increased level of exercise is likely to cause pain. It is important to take the medication with you. In case you have plenty of outdoor programs and activities planned, you should make sure that vaccines are up to date, apply flea treatment, worm them, and take some repellent sprays with you. To manage chronic pain, you could also take some hemp treats with you. 

Toys
Your dog will want to be entertained while away, no matter what you are planning for the vacation. Take their favorite toys in a bag, and let them play on the beach, in the park, or in the garden, if you are renting a villa or cabin for your trip. Take a frisbee, a chew toy, and a ball as a minimum, so you can play together everywhere.

Planning a vacation with your dog can be challenging. You will have to make sure that you have everything to keep them comfortable and settled. The change of scenery might trigger anxiety, so make sure they get loads of exercise and have their familiar food and toys to feel more secure.

Have any other suggestions? Feel free to leave them in the comments.  See you soon!
 

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