Vacation planning is on, with summer approaching fast. You would like to take your dog along on a trip with you. In case you are experiencing jet lag issues, your canine companion will, too. The daily routine of your pup is based on a circadian rhythm, just like you, even when it takes frequent naps. These tips will help you to let your dog deal with jet lag problems much better.
Make adjustments to its routine
Adjust the time zone of your dog with the place that you are going to, even before you leave. This means adjusting nap and feeding times. If such little changes are made slowly, it will be the best for your dog. Try to feed your dog half an hour after or prior to their standard eating time. In case it is possible, adjust its routine a few days or even weeks prior to the trip. After it gets adjusted to the new schedule, the dog will find it easier during the trip.
Ensure its comfort while vacationing
It is a good idea to feed it at least a couple of hours prior to leaving, so as to avoid making it travel on a full stomach. Ensure that it gets enough workouts before it gets tired due to the trip. Whether the tour is by car or plane, reduce its stress levels with a familiar sleeping mat or a favorite toy. Make sure that it stays hydrated all through the trip, by giving it water and food in a non-spill container.
Monitor is health upon arrival
Your dog might have dehydration, fatigue, headaches or tight and sore muscles, if the journey is too long. Do not immediately give it plenty of water or a big meal right on arrival, as you would not like it to land up with an upset stomach, or end up vomiting. Instead, give it a light meal, and do not let it have more than what it drinks normally.
Make it familiar with the destination
It is suggested that you try and stick to the regular routine of your dog as much as you can, and out a few familiar items from your house in the new space, so as to prevent it from feeling homesick. Take the regular brand of food that your dog is habituated, so as to prevent any digestion problems that can occur due to an unfamiliar diet.
For more on dealing with jet lag: CDC
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