It's wintertime again. The temperature is dropping. The wind is blowing. And snow is in the air....EVEN in the Southeast.
Thinking about a winter vacation with your family? Planning a getaway for a long weekend up in the mountains at your favorite cozy cabin retreat?
Know that your Golden Retriever would love nothing more than to be a part of those plans as well. So why not go ahead and take your furry best friend along for the adventure!
Like with any well-planned vacation, you'll want to factor in everything you'll need to be mindful of when it comes to your Golden to ensure they have everything to be happy, healthy, and safe.
Here are some basic tips on what to consider ahead of your roadtrip this winter.
Winterizing your car ----- Always keep all chemicals such as anti-freeze away from your dog. They may ingest some of it and can become incredibly ill.
Medication ----- Make sure you have enough medicine for the duration of your time away from home. Pick up any necessary refills for your Golden before you head out.
Never leave your dog alone in the car ----- Very cold air in the car doesn’t circulate well and the temperature can drop within minutes to a point where it can become life threatening.
Identification ----- Make sure the tags on your dogs’s collar are up to date and fastened securely.
Clean up after your dog ----- Always bring plastic bags, gloves, or a scooping shovel. Wherever you stay, don’t forget to clean up after your Golden.
Vet records ----- Bring a copy of your dog’s vaccines. Hotels and vacation rentals often ask for proof and dates of all past shots.
Find the local emergency Vet ----- Know before you go where the emergency vet is in the area you are staying in case your dog becomes injured. It saves a lot of stress and time in the event that your Golden needs immediate medical attention.
Wipe the paws of your dog when coming inside from a walk ----- Ice, debris, and chemicals to de-ice the sidewalks can become trapped between your dog’s toes and in the fur. If your dog licks his feet, he could become ill. Plus, ice tangled in fur can be very painful.
Do you have any wintertime travel tips that have worked for you in the past? Any special winter destinations in and around the Southeast that you have as a favorite for you and your entire family? Please share with us at GRRA. We'd love to hear from you. Happy Golden Travels, everyone!