Don't leave best buddy behind

Stacey M. Ewert

Staff Writer


It's the dog days of summer, so you're heading out of town in search of a cooler climate. But what about you’re furry friend, your faithful companion, your precious pooch? He or she doesn't enjoy 100-plus degree temperature any more than you do, especially with that fur coat. Doesn't the little (or big) guy who licks your face each day when you come home deserve a vacation too? Many more people are choosing to take their pets with them on trips and are discovering that it can be a rewarding experience for both animal and human.

The American Kennel Club publishes a booklet called "Canine Travel Tips" that instructs pet owners on how to safely transport their animals. If traveling in a car, the AKC says that an animal must have proper ventilation, but stresses that they should not be allowed to stick their heads out of the vehicle ---it may cause eye or ear injuries. Petsmart carries a harness that doubles as a dog seat-belt for $15. Never leave a dog in a parked car in Arizona --- it only takes a few minutes for animals to dehydrate in the summer heat. Dogs should never be transported in open truck beds. According to the Arizona Humane Society, 100,000 dogs die in the United States each year from falling out of pickups. In addition, the metal bed of a truck acts like a frying pan and can cause a dog to overheat.

If you plan to fly with your pet, you will need to get a certification of health form your veterinarian no more than 10 days before departure as well as provide current rabies and vaccination records. Traveling crates must meet size requirements of the airlines you are using. Some companies allow crates small enough to fit under the seat in the passenger compartment.

                                                                                                                     So what do you do when you arrive at your destination, leash in hand?       

Scottsdale resident Eileen Barish enjoys vacationing with her two golden retrievers, Max and Rosie, so much that’s she compiled a 687-page book titled "Doin Arizona With Your Pooch" to answer that question. The book offers a directory of pet-friendly lodging and recreational activities listed by city. Many Arizona hotels allow pets to stay in a room with their owners but may require a deposit or fee to cover extra cleaning or damage costs. Some accommodations also limit the size of pet they will allow. Barish recommends some courtesies to follow when keeping your dog at a hotel:

  • Don't let your dog sleep on the bed unless that is his normal routine. If so, bring a sheet or blanket from home to protect the hotel's bedding form dirt and hair.

  • Bring a towel or mat to put under food and water dishes to catch spills.

  • Bring a hair remover to brush off the furniture.

  • Take plastic bags and paper towels, or pooper scooper, to dispose of waste.

  • Keep your dog quiet at night and on a leash when he is outside the room so he isn't a nuisance to other guests.

Barish also includes helpful lists and articles on topics such as animal first-aid treatments, travel training and ways to get foreign substances out of fur.


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