The Dog Travel Bag

What to pack in your pup's suitcase.

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People and their pets are taking to the road in record numbers. No longer home alone while the family goes on vacation, the family dog now goes along for the ride. If your pup could pack her own suitcase, she'd probably fill it with treats and toys. But every doggie bag needs some key items that you won't want to leave home without. Pack smart this summer, and every trip will have a happy ending.

Basics

  • Dog food
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Dog bed or sheet if your pet sleeps on the bed with you
  • Portable food and water bowl
  • Bottled water (Make frequent stops for your dog to relieve herself and drink fresh  water.)
  • Medication and supplements
  • Towels (for those off-road experiences!)

Smart Stuff

  • ID tags. Easily visible ID will help your lost dog get back to you. Ideally, your dog should wear two tags -- one with your home information, the other with your vacation contact. Consider using a toll-free pet protection service so you can update your information as you travel.
  • Photos. Carry one in your wallet and another in your suitcase. If your dog gets lost, you will need to alert authorities with an accurate description. You may also want to make flyers.
  • Health certificate. This document from your veterinarian proves that your dog is healthy
  • Dog crate. If your pet typically sleeps in a crate, taking it along will make her feel safe in unfamiliar settings.
  • List of 24-hour animal clinics in the area you're visiting. You can find a listing of clinics by zip code at Pets911.
  • List of parks along your route for easy, dog-friendly stops. Check out DogFriendly.com or Dogpark.com.

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Dorey   Mason, MI

12/30/2011 3:17:43 PM

First aid kit for the dog and medical records some camp grounds require proof of shots

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Deb   Southern, LA

8/17/2010 5:42:29 PM

Thanks for the 911pets list of 24 hour clinics by zip codes.

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Nicole   Lebanon Junction, KY

7/23/2010 10:08:33 AM

To the girl with allergies. Did you say that you wanted a pug but were allergic to dogs? If you are allergic to dogs then a pug probably wouldn't be a good idea as they can have allergies also and make your's worst. My uncle has three pugs and all of them are allergic to grass, pollen and certain kinds of shampoo. A poodle or a poodle cross would probably be your best bet. They are also very smart and good at learning tricks. I have a Labrador Retriever and like the tips for stuff to take on a trip. Good luck to the girl with allergies!

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Stephanie   Anoka, MN

5/28/2010 9:08:04 AM

Baby wipes!

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