Here at KeepPet we believe that pets are part of the family. Where you go, your pet goes, too. But sometimes, taking your pet to new places can feel a bit uncomfortable. Will there be somewhere for the dog to stay? What do you do if your dog gets injured and you’re a three-hour drive from your vet clinic? Luckily, our innovative telehealth solution puts a vet in your pocket - so that’s one less thing to worry about! They’re available whenever you need them for advice, chat, consultations and remote examinations on our smartphone app. Now that’s sorted, let us have a look at some of the great places you can take your pet, and some of the things to consider before you go.
Dogs are often very welcome on barbeques and family picnics - after all, they’re part of the family, too! Although you might find them begging at the barbeque, don’t give in to your dog - most human foods are not suitable for dogs to eat! If you do find they’ve helped themselves, or a well-meaning child has given them a corn on the cob to chew on, call a veterinarian for advice on what to do next.
Puppy party is one of the key socialisation opportunities. Which means that great care has to be taken to make sure that any socialisation is done properly. A veterinarian can help you to prepare your dog for meeting other dogs for the first time. Remember that negative experiences can have drastic and long-lasting effects, and little-and-often is best for socialisation, rather than a mad free-for-all that can be scary.
Dog-friendly weddings are becoming more common, so check with the bride and groom if dogs are allowed. Some dogs might be scared of the extra people and the loud music though - make sure you have somewhere they can retreat to if they’re worried. You should also make sure that people - especially children - know to leave them alone if they’re in their ‘safe space’.
Walking in the Woods
Your dog will love coming along on your hike, and you could even consider camping together. Don’t forget to pack the fly repellent, and keep an eye out for snakes on those trails. Curious dogs often find themselves being bitten and stung, and calling a veterinarian for advice as quickly as possible is sensible.
Many beaches are dog-friendly now, you’ll almost certainly be able to take your pet with you! Do check before you go, though - and make sure to follow all the rules. Remember to take them some water and find them some shade, as heatstroke is common in hot weather. Look out for excessive panting, drooling, incoordination and lethargy, and call a veterinarian immediately if you have concerns.
Whether you’re planning on going abroad or just to the next state, deciding whether to take your pet can be a hard decision. There’s lots to consider; if you take them, there’s the costs of travel, suitable accommodation and disease risks; if you leave them behind it can be expensive and you may have difficulties finding someone to look after them.
It’s a great summer to get out and about with your four-legged family. Your freedom doesn’t have to be curtailed by pets - you should simply take them with you! Whether it’s the beach, your country cabin, a family trip to the mountains, a proper road trip or simply a day at the dog park, taking your pet will be great fun for you both. And why not take your vet along too? Having access to a vet in your pocket whenever you need them means you can be sure to always have expert advice when you need it. That’s real freedom!