Holiday trip with your dog – especially if you take your dog for a holiday for the first time – can be quite a challenge. You should take care not only of your dog’s safety while driving, but also of its well-being and health, which is the basic prerequisite for a good holiday trip with your four-legged companion.
The starting point is a safe journey for the dog and other passengers. The dog should be fastened with a special belt which is fastened to a collar or harness and buckled up into a traditional seat belt buckle Small dog breeds should travel in a carrier or dog booster seat, also fastened with a belt. Large dog breeds should be transported in a car boot specially designed for this purpose. This will protect your car from dirt and, more importantly, your dog will be safe in the event of sudden braking or turning. Do not transport your dog in the front seat of the car, loose, on your hands or knees.
If you are going on a long journey with your dog for the first time, it is a good idea to plan a few shorter trips in advance to get your pet used to the new experience and observe its behaviour. A long journey is not comfortable both for humans and pets. If you know that your pet cannot stand the ride well, and is restless and irritated, you can use Dr Seidel adaptive collars. These collars contain the equivalent of natural calming pheromones which have a soothing effect on the behaviour of the dog. They help to reduce stress and anxiety during travel and provide your dog with a sense of security.
Active dogs may feel uncomfortable staying in one place and not being able to run during the trip. Therefore, from time to time you should take a break, let your dog move freely and give it some water. It is a good idea to take a light and small dog travel bowl (there are also foldable versions or special dog water bottles). It will be useful not only in the car, but also while walking your dog because it will easily fit into your backpack. Another good idea is to take a supply of food your pet is used to. A change of food in a new place is not recommended and it may happen that the normally used food will not be available in local shops. Feeding your dog just before departure is not advised. – It is better to do that during the trip. This way you minimise the risk of stomach issues..
You should observe the pet during the journey. Many dogs tolerate travelling by car well – they lie quietly and observe the surroundings from the window from time to time. But it happens that the pet is energised, often swallows saliva, yawns or vomits. These may be symptoms of kinetosis, the so-called travel sickness. Such problems occur because the stimuli and visual signals are not compatible with labyrinth. The animal sees movement, but remains in place, which causes the brain to engage defence mechanisms. Kinetosis (as in the case of humans) can occur in dogs with varying degrees of intensity. In the case of some dogs, it passes with age while in others it may lead to permanent fear of travel. Dr Seidel treats for a calm journey will help you alleviate the symptoms of the travel sickness. These are nutritious treats for dogs enriched with ginger and tryptophan. Ginger soothes nausea and prevents vomiting while tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin (the so-called happiness hormone), reduces muscle tension and susceptibility to stress. The treats are available in a handy packaging with a zipper sealing that makes it easy to store them during the trip and keep them fresh.
In order to manage your dog’s stress, you should try Dr Seidel adaptive spray for dogs. Simply spray it on the carrier or the dog’s bed in the car. It has a calming and soothing effect. It contains a composition of natural substances which, like dog’s pheromones, have a positive impact on the behaviour of pets . Do not spray the preparation on pets.
Holiday with a dog – especially if we plan a lot of outdoor activities – is a period of increased risk of ectoparasites infection. If you effectively protect your pet against fleas and ticks, you will prevent it from many serious diseases, including babesiosis and boreliosis. Sabunol collars are the only 3-component biocidal products on the Polish marked with 3 active substances: permethrin, imidacloprid and geraniol. In our offer, we have 3-month Sabunol collars and 5-month Sabunol Plus collars designed to eliminate fleas and ticks. During the travel, you should also consider the use of Sabunol Plus to fight off parasites transferred to the interior of the car.