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Traveling With Your Westie

More than ever before, people are including their pets when traveling or on family vacations. Our dogs have traveled with us to several states over the years and they are always on their best behavior! We often take day trips on weekends so we can take our dogs for a special outing.

You have to keep in mind that travel is not right for all pets. Age, physical condition, and temperament should always be taken into consideration. More and more motels are becoming “Pet Friendly”. Linda and I will be going to Pigeon Forge and we already have reservations at Microtel Suites. We will pay a one-time $15 pet fee.  There are a couple other things, like you can’t leave your pet for over two hours, etc.

Before you go on a trip with your Westie, you should always be sure you dog is up-to-date on shots. We take our vaccination records with us in case there is a problem. If your dog is on some form of medication, be sure you have plenty!

Has your dog ridden in the car any farther than the vet?  Can he ride 8 hours with only frequent poop and water stops?  It sure is a long way to Pigeon Forge if your dog is car sick.

I know you know this, but never leave your pet unattended in the car. The temperature increases and dehydration and heatstroke can set in rapidly.  I know of a lady who was traveling, ran into a convenience store for a restroom stop, and left her dog in the car, the engine running so he would be cool for those few minutes. He stood up to look out the window and hit the “lock” button.  Well, after several minutes, and a visit from the locksmith, she was on her way, good lesson learned!

Listed below are some of the things Linda and I will be taking on our trip:

  • Extra leash and collar

  • Food and water dishes

  • Bottled water…you don’t know what is in the water on the road and it might upset their stomach

  • Health certificate, vet’s phone number

  • Their bedding

  • Favorite toys

  • Grooming supplies

  • Obviously, we are taking Chloe and Darby!

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