Going on vacation with your dog is an opportunity of great joy for everyone, even more so for the four-legged friend who can stay with his owner for many hours a day, in a period of relaxation and carefree. A long-desired moment that without the necessary precautions can also become complicated because moving the dog from its usual environment can be a very delicate circumstance, which must be addressed with the utmost attention.
“The dog is a habitual animal and very attached to its home environment – explains Chiara Bonfà, ENCI dog trainer – – changes, such as a long journey, a change of schedules, habits, climate, a new home or a hotel room they can disorient our dogs becoming real sources of stress. And nutrition also plays an important role, it is essential when you go on vacation to keep your eating habits unchanged, both in terms of the type of food and meal times, while it is recommended to administer a smaller amount of food if it is a hike or a long exposure to heat is planned ”.
TRAVELING: HERE ARE THE ESSENTIALS TO BRING
- First aid kit: disinfectant, tweezers to remove foreign bodies, gauze, plasters, medicines (cortisone) and pesticide.
- Bowls: one for water and one for food. For travel, the resealable silicone ones are better, comfortable and always at hand.
- Food: it is important to bring the amount of food necessary for the period of stay without risking running out.
- His objects of the heart: his usual games and blankets with the “smell” of home will make him feel safe wherever he goes.
- Water bottle: useful both on the road and during walks to offer your dog always fresh water.
- Parasol: to protect your dog from direct sunlight.
- Sun cream: our dogs also get sunburn, especially on the nose, mouth, abdomen, ears and tail.
- Hygiene kit: wipes and shampoos to clean the hair from salt and sand.
- Leash and muzzle: the latter is not always necessary but in order not to be without one where they ask for it, it is better to bring it.
- Health card and compulsory vaccinations
BEWARE OF THE HOT
- In the summer, one of the greatest dangers is heat stroke, dehydration and sunburn. Here are some simple tips for keeping your dog cool:
- Always fresh water. It is vital to make sure your dog always has access to fresh water
- Walks in the morning and in the evening. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to walk your dog on the hottest days.
- Watch out for the paws. On a day with 30 ° the asphalt temperature can reach 55 ° or more. Dog pads are not made to withstand certain temperatures. Better to walk in shady places and avoid asphalted roads as much as possible.
- Preventing heat stroke. If the dog shows signs of overheating, such as panting and loss of energy, it is very important to stop immediately and find a shady place to shelter to cool our friend and give him water to drink.
- Never alone in the car. Never ever leave the dog alone in the car, even with the windows open, the temperatures in the passenger compartment of the car under the sun rise significantly.
AND ON THE BEACH?
- Always shade and forbidden sea water! When you take your dog to the beach it is good to make sure that you can guarantee him the shade for as long as necessary and fresh water always available in his bowl that we usually use at home. Absolutely forbidden to make him drink sea water which is toxic for four-legged friends, as well as sand which can create constipation
- Watch out for “snacks”. During walks on the shore, always be careful that the dog does not eat fish carcasses, jellyfish or crustaceans that could make him feel bad, but even more dangerous beware of fishing hooks that can be easily ingested.
- Sun cream a must. Dogs with fair skin should be protected from the sun’s rays with special sun creams with a protection factor of 50 to be applied to the hairless parts of the body.
- And before returning … shower. Before returning, make sure you have removed all the salt and sand collected during the day from our four-legged friend with a nice fresh water shower. Then make sure to dry it well to prevent it from staying at home with wet fur with the risk of developing dermatitis.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING HABITS
For this Dog Heroes (www.dogheroes.it), which produces and delivers fresh baby food for dogs customized on the basis of the caloric needs of the individual animal thanks to the help of a team of veterinarians, has drawn up a vademecum to go on vacation with your animal in complete safety.
“Even on vacation it is important not to change your dog’s eating habits, as the different ingredients and nutritional values of a meal other than that used daily can cause gastrointestinal discomfort” – explain Pierluigi Consolandi and Marco Laganà of Dog Heroes.