A lot of Shih Tzu likes to go on adventures, which makes travel attractive for them. This is their natural hunting instincts making them want to meet new people and explore new places. However, it may pose as a problem since taking a Shih Tzu along during your travels may be inconvenient. Quite a few people are frightened of dogs and the mess that dogs make while you’re traveling can be very troublesome. It should also be noted that many lodgings and transportation services don’t cater to pets such as dogs and cats.
Having your Shih Tzu watched over by a professional pet handler may be needed to take care of your Shih Tzu during the trip. You also have the option of having your pet stay with a managed kennel. When checking around for a place for your Shih Tzu to live while you’re away, make sure it is comfortable and clean. The dogs staying there should also look content and well-taken care of. A few of these dog kennels allow for you to provide your Shih Tzu’s own sleeping blanket, toy and his favorite foods for while you’re away. Make sure, though, that your Shih Tzu has had its immunization since it is a regular requirement for your dog’s stay in such places.
Though, if you really insist on your Shih Tzu’s company when traveling, here are a few tips:
- A clean bill of health from your veterinarian. Your vet should also be able to provide you a certificate for this.
- Buy a sturdy dog carrier. This is a must since you’d rather not lose your Shih Tzu en route to your destination. A few airlines have dog carriers available for sale though they can be quite expensive. Also, remember that some airlines prefer having your pet in the compartment for luggage. If you really can’t part with your beloved, get a reservation from an airline that allows pets to remain with you during the flight.
- Your Shih Tzu needs good ventilation to keep him cool. Try to get air-conditioned cars when traveling cross-country. This is also true if you are traveling in trains.
- Don’t let your Shih Tzu hang his head out the window while the car is moving. It may be tempting to let your pet play around, but the risks of falling out or getting hit are still there.
- Leaving your Shih Tzu inside the car or under the sun is risky. Heat stroke is a serious danger to your pet and can even be fatal.
- Never leave your Shih Tzu unattended, especially when he is in his carrier. He may get stolen or kidnapped. This also goes for when he’s wandering around. Sometimes, Shih Tzu can be too adventurous and may end up in trouble, or worse, getting you in trouble.
- Fast pulse, rapid panting, red eyes and gums, excessive slobbering, feverish temperature or vomiting, means that your Shih Tzu needs to see a vet quickly. Have cool towels placed on your Shih Tzu and get to the closest pet clinic as soon as possible.
- Some countries have specific rules about pet travel. Try to familiarize yourself with them and try to follow them to avoid legal troubles later.
- A certificate for rabies vaccination and a notarized local language certificate from the closest embassy or consulate are sometimes required, so get one just in case. Better safe than sorry.
- In preparing for a long trip on the road, ready identification for your Shih Tzu. A collar with the Shih Tzu’s name, your name and a handy contact number can save you from a lot of trouble.
- First-aid kits for your Shih Tzu can be easily fixed up. Remember that some emergencies are special to dogs. A flea or tick powder is a good addition to this.
- Have a ready supply of your Shih Tzu’s favorite doggy treats during the trip. Make sure to bring more than enough to last the entire trip to be safe.
- Pack the essentials: clean water, dishes, favorite dog toys, leash, brush, plastic bags and towels, anything than can help your Shih Tzu stay happy during the trip.
- Your Shih Tzu should be given the chance to answer the call of nature every two to three hours so it won’t make any embarrassing messes.
Hopefully, these tips will help you have a better time with traveling with your Shih Tzu.
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