What You Need When You Travel With Your Dog
Do you sometimes want a list that tells you what you need when you travel with your dog? Mark and I recently went to Salt Lake City, Utah for the weekend and, oh my gosh, it brought back memories of having a toddler or baby. All the stuff we have to take when it’s a puppy is a bit overwhelming. I decided I needed a list to check off, I really did! I have had Shih Tzu puppies or dogs since my youngest daughter was in the sixth grade. Camille came home from school one day and said her teacher was selling a Shih Tzu puppy. Back then we didn’t even know what a Shih Tzu looked like or anything about the Shih Tzu breed.
Well, I went to the veterinarian in our neighborhood and asked him what kind of a dog would be good for our family of four young daughters. I said we wanted a quiet dog that would be loving and sit on our laps. I wanted one that would not shed.
I knew I was going to have the dog groomed, but for me, that is better than having dog hair everywhere. I didn’t want a dog that shed because I have so many allergies. That sounds a bit strong, I don’t have that MANY allergies, just the normal pollen allergies. Dr. White said a Shih Tzu was perfect for us. It’s not the smartest dog on the block, but a very loving dog. He left out the Shih Tzu’s can sometimes be stubborn…..that’s okay we love them anyway.
Well, we decided as a family to purchase this cute female Shih Tzu puppy at the school where Camille attended. Keep in mind we had never paid for a pet, except maybe a goldfish or two. We nearly choked writing out the check for $150.00 for this cute little puppy we named, Chelsea.
This was way before the Clinton’s were in office, just so you know. It just now donned on me that we had a puppy with the same name as President Clinton’s daughter. Wow! Anyway, we loved this puppy so much we added another one. We actually bred Chelsea so we could have a playmate for her. So here comes Charlie, a son. We kept and sold the other puppies to cover the purchase of Chelsea. Well, sort of, it’s expensive to have puppies. We had her neutered, I couldn’t put her through another pregnancy.
We enjoyed those two dogs for about 12 years and they died about six months apart. I really tried to go without having a dog around the house, I really did. But, I couldn’t. The next thing I know Mark is sending me pictures of some Shih Tzu puppies. Yep, I went to buy one and came home with two. I couldn’t decide which one, so I bought both of them. Thank goodness for doggy doors so the dogs can go in and out of the door to use the potty on their own. I was busy working and we couldn’t think of a name and we saw a can of Pepsi on the counter and named one Pepsi. I named the other one Boston because I liked the name. We had this set for ten years.
Then Mark and I retired, at least part time. We said to each other, we don’t want a dog. We don’t want a dog. Yes, we said this many times. THEN, this last year I really missed having a puppy around. So, the search was on for a new member of the family. Here comes Bentley, a black and white male Shih Tzu. Oh my gosh, they are so dang cute when they are squishy and waddling around the house. Yes, we love Bentley. Here is a list for travel that’s probably a bit overboard, but I want to be prepared for the unexpected. It’s almost the same as my 72-hour kit for pets.
Travel With your Dog:
- Water/food dish
- Photo of the dog (to be circulated in case we get separated)
- Complete medical/veterinarian records
- Chip ID information
- Leash/harness/collar/tag with information so people can contact the owner (thank you, Tom)
- Favorite Toys
- Dog food
- Pet First Aid Book The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets)
- Vet wrap 2″ and 4″/trauma pad
- Gauze bandage rolls (2″, 4″, and 6″)
- Adhesive tape
- Tweezers/scissors/surgical soap
- Thermometer/mineral oil
- Disinfectant solution
- Styptic powder/cornstarch
- Benadryl/triple antibiotic ointment
- Eye wash
- Medication, 5-day supply
- Tick-Flea Meds
- Paper towels/plastic bags/ziplock bags
- Dog crate/airline carrier
- Car seat buckle with harness Vastar 2 Packs Adjustable Pet Dog Cat Car Seat Belt Safety Leads Vehicle Seatbelt Harness, Made from Nylon Fabric
- Dog chews
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I hope this list helps you as much as it helps me! I don’t travel that much, but I don’t want to forget anything and have to go to a store for medicine for Bentley. If something serious happens I can go to a veterinarian with him. Thanks again my friends for being prepared for the unexpected. Even our beloved pets need to be prepared, so now you know what you need when you travel with your dog. May God bless you!
Angelcrest: We used to travel for shows, as well as cross-country multi-day travels for PCS moves. You have a great list. I would add ‘Rescue Remedy’ to the list. It’s a homeopathic tincture designed to lessen anxiety. It also calms humans, so dual purpose. I don’t leave home without Arnica Montana & Apis, both homeopathic remedies in pill form. Again both can be taken by animals & humans. Arnica reduces sprains, swelling & bruising from injuries. Apis relieves swelling & pain from bee or wasp stings. Apis works fairly well on mosquito & yellow/deer fly bites, too. I also carry baby suppositories. Some pets get constipated. The suppositories gently relieve this condition within a couple of hours.
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Thank you so much for this: I will be make using it to make a backpack for my precious service dog TODAY! Our vacation cabin is over an hour away from any vet, and this could save he life. Will also add her kit to the RV checklist, and add a can of pumpkin in case she gets diarrhea.
Hi Roxanne, I’m so glad you can use this list! It would be great to have two sets like you said, one for the cabin and the RV! Oh, the can of pumpkin, yes!!! Linda
Aw. Such a cute puppy! Thanks for the check list. We are taking our dog on our camping vacation this year. Last year, he shook the whole way. He doesn’t travel well. I mentioned this to the vet. So this year we’re going to get some “doggy downers” so he can relax in the car better. He would be distraught if we were to leave him behind, so he must go with us. The cat could care less as long as the food and water dish is full and the box is emptied, so she will be boarded.
HI Debbie, oh my gosh, I know what you mean by the “shook” the whole way! On the way up to Salt Lake City, Utah he whimpered for 4-1/2 hours. I tried cuddling him and putting his blanket around him, wow! Mark and I had done some “practice runs” before the trip, so I hoped he would be okay. On the way home, he snuggled on my left shoulder the whole way, non-stop! He was happy so I was happy! Linda
We used to travel for shows, as well as crosscountry multi day travels for PCS moves. You have a great list.
I would add ‘Rescue Remedy’ to the list. It’s a homeopathic tincture designed to lessen anxiety. It also calms humans, so dual purpose.
I don’t leave home without Arnica Montana & Apis, both homeopathic remedies in pill form. Again both can be taken by animals & humans. Arnica reduces sprains, swelling & bruising from injuries. Apis relieves swelling & pain from bee or wasp stings. Apis works fairly well on mosquito & yellow / deer fly bites, too.
I also carry baby suppositories. Some pets get constipated. The suppositories gently relieve this condition within a couple of hours.
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Hi Angelcrest, these are great tips! I’m adding them to my list!! Thank you, Linda
I know that you put “chip ID” on the list but it is important to have a collar ID tag with their name and most importantly telephone numbers to get in touch with you. It makes it so much easier for the good hearted soul who finds your animal to be able to quickly call you without finding a vet to read the chip.
Oh, Tom, thank you for the reminder! I just added your name to the Chip ID line. My dogs all have collars with tags that will not come off from “www.boomerangtags(.com). THANK YOU! Great comment for me!! Thank you, Linda