Luther Bennett - Jan 01 2020

Travelling with a senior dog - how to make sure they’re comfortbale and safe.

As dog's age, they may require special considerations when it comes to travel. Senior dogs may have mobility issues or may be more prone to anxiety, making it important to plan to ensure their comfort and safety. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for travelling with a senior dog:

1. Consult with your veterinarian:

Before travelling with a senior dog, it is important to consult with your veterinarian to ensure that your dog is healthy enough for travel and to discuss any specific considerations that need to be taken into account. Your veterinarian may also have additional recommendations for your dog based on their health.

2. Make sure your dog is comfortable:

Older dogs may have difficulty getting in and out of a car, so it is important to make sure that the travel arrangements are comfortable for them. Consider using a ramp to help them get in and out of the car. Provide a comfortable bed such as the Luther Bennett Travel Pod to keep your dog cosy with its soft touch and plump pillows.

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3. Plan for regular breaks:

Senior dogs may need more frequent breaks to rest and stretch their legs during a long car ride. Plan your route to include rest stops where your dog can get out of the car and walk around a bit.

4. Keep your dog cool:

As dog's age, they may be more prone to overheating. When travelling in hot weather, make sure your dog has plenty of water to drink and keep the car air-conditioned to keep them comfortable.

5. Keep them entertained:

A bored dog is a stressed dog, regardless of their age. Bring along plenty of toys and treats to keep your senior dog entertained during the trip.

6. Familiarize your dog with car travel:

If your senior dog is not used to car travel, it can be helpful to start with short trips around the block to help them become more comfortable. Gradually increase the duration of the trip over time to help them adjust. A Travel Pod can also help your dog face any anxiety it has on the road by making them feel safe and secure.

7. Consider using a dog car seat

It's no secret that a dog car seat can be the answer to all of your travel concerns.
Providing them with a safe, comfortable and padded section when riding in the car can work wonders and a Luther Bennett Travel Pod might just be the solution you have been looking for.

8. Plan for any specific needs:

If your senior dog has specific needs like medication or special food, make sure to plan accordingly and bring enough for the duration of the trip.

9. Have a plan B:

It's always good to have a plan B in case something unexpected happens, such as a medical emergency. Research and find some vet clinics or emergency hospitals on your travel route.

By following these tips, you can help make your senior dog's travel experience safe and comfortable. Remember to take it slow, and don't hesitate to consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns. With a little preparation, you and your senior dog can travel together and enjoy the journey.