Dear Miss Behavin’

We booked a last minute dog-friendly getaway for Memorial Day weekend and we’re bringing our dog, Willy. What sort of things do you pack for your dog?

 Hooray for a dog friendly vacation! There are a few things you might not think of that will make a big difference when traveling with your dog, especially if you’re staying at a rental or hotel.

Gather the things you use in your dog’s daily routine – food, poop bags, toys, bedding, treats, medications, collar, harness, leash, and a bowl. It never hurts to pack some extra kibble in case the trip goes longer than expected.

Additional supplies that might come in handy are towels, a blanket, and a dog first aid kit. If your dog goes swimming or gets wet, it’s nice to have a few dog towels on hand. If your dog spends time on the couch or gets to sleep in the bed, you can cover those areas with a blanket to protect them from dog hair, dirt, or scratches. If there isn’t an enclosed area where you’re staying, a long line or tether might be useful as well.

Most importantly, you’ll want to make sure Willy’s ID tag is up to date and legible before you leave town. If you have time, add a tag that has the address of where you’ll be staying and an extra phone number or two in case you don’t have cell service. Dogs that wander or venture off leash are more likely to get lost in new or unfamiliar places.

Lastly, familiarize yourself with the closest veterinary hospital in case of an emergency. Your dog first aid kit might be useful for a torn nail or paw pad, but any serious concerns will require a visit to the veterinarian. A little preparation goes a long way!

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