Summer has finally come and we are once again allowed to enjoy the great outdoors, provided we take certain precautions.

Many of you may feel unsure of how to plan a holiday or even just a short outing with your dog.

Since a successful outing depends on good planning, here are some handy tips to help you enjoy a trouble-free trip.

Protection remains essential

Even if you don't expect your dog to be in contact with other animals, you can't predict what may happen when you are out in nature. Prevention is the best way to protect your dog.

It is essential that you update your dog's vaccinations and parasite prevention treatment. Ask your veterinarian for advice about what vaccines and treatments are best suited to your pet's lifestyle.

If you plan to head out to any of Quebec's magnificent parks this summer, you should consider vaccinating your dog against leptospirosis. Leptospira bacteria are found in water, soil and any locations in the environment that have been contaminated by urine from infected wildlife animals.

What should you pack for your travelling companion?

  • His blanket: this will comfort him in the car or when he is spending the night away from home.
  • His own food: it's not a good idea to change his diet while you're on the road!
  • A portable airtight water container: you need to keep your buddy well hydrated on your rambles.
  • His leash and a supply of pet waste bags: you must comply with leash laws and pick up after your pet. We are fortunate that many parks now welcome dogs, so let's all be civil and do our bit to keep them clean.
  • A muzzle: this should be worn if you consider it necessary or if it is required on whatever means of transport you plan to take.
  • His vaccination booklet: this may be required at some of your travel destinations or in case an emergency arises and you need to see a veterinarian.
  • His toys: these will keep him entertained during the ride, in your hotel room or when you are camping.
  • His ID tag: this is essential, and must provide all the information necessary for him to be returned to you should he go missing.
  • Medication: some dogs suffer from car sickness, and some get very stressed in moving vehicles, which can make travelling a challenge. Whatever the case, your veterinarian can prescribe a medication or a sedative to make the trip more enjoyable for your dog (and you).

What does re-opening mean for your plans to travel with your dog?

The lockdown was a great time for our pets, who got to spend more time than ever with their humans! Why not keep your pets just as happy during the gradual easing of restrictions? While respecting the regulations issued by public health authorities, let's go back to enjoying nature and the summer weather.

Just like you, your dog should comply with social distancing rules at all times to be on the safe side.

Looking for ideas? We've scouted you some great activities. Read article "Quebec Getaways for you and your dog". 

Any questions or concerns before you set out? Contact your veterinary team.

You have more questions?

Do not hesitate to contact the nearest Passionimo veterinary clinic.