Travel with your dog vetco

Albuquerque has been voted as one of the friendliest places for dogs. For those of us that live here, we are pretty accustomed to seeing dogs everywhere. But what if you want to travel with your dog, where can you go?

BringFido.com wrote a great article showing pet friendly places to go in New Mexico, from hotels to restaurants, and parks. We even have pet specific events that you can join in!

If you travel with your dog, you need to be prepared. Your dog must be up to date on all their vaccines. Kennel cough is particularly important. When you travel, some places will not let you bring your dog in if you cannot prove that they have had their Bordatella vaccine. This is a vaccine you cannot get the day before you leave either, you need to get it 7 to 10 days in advance of your trip.

Your dog should have their microchip implanted and up to date. Nothing ruins a vacation like your pet getting away. But if they do get away, you want to make sure they can be returned to you and a microchip will make that a lot more likely.

It is a good idea to give them a Frontline flea and tick treatment before traveling. Even if your dog doesn’t have fleas, it doesn’t mean they won’t pick them up along the way. The same goes for Heartworm. Go pick up your monthly does of Heartgard and make sure they are up do date before leaving.

We also recommend some creature comforts to help quell anxiety. Even the most travelled pet can experience anxiety. Lavender on their collar is a great anti-anxiety remedy. Rescue Remedy is a wonderful naturopathic additive you can add to their water or food, to help deal with anxiety. Bring their favorite toy, and a blanket or bed that smells like them. This way they have something, besides you, that is familiar.

Make sure to keep your pet on leash, and don’t let them run around unless in a designated area. Keep a water bowl with you so you can give your pup a drink any time they need it.