Traveling with a senior dog

It’s not because he is getting older and joins the senior group that your four-legged friend can no longer follow you on all your journeys. However, there are some things to consider when traveling with a senior dog. 

Already, what’s a senior? It all depends on the size of the dog. The larger breeds, living shorter, are considered senior, as early as 6 or 7 years old and this can start at 10 years old for smaller dogs. Then, all older canids are not housed in the same boat: some are fully able to travel despite a great age, like our dog Dena, who is already 9 years old, while others will no longer be able to. It is important to identify, at first, whether your animal can accompany you or not.

Prepare your trip

If going with a dog, in general, requires a little organization, we must be even better prepared when he is old. Remember to look in advance for hotels and other accommodations where it will be accepted. The older a dog is, the more likely he is to be chilly and sleeping outside or in an uncomfortable place can be a real ordeal. Do the same in restaurants. Also plan your trips in advance. If there is a lot of work to do or long car journeys, it will certainly be necessary to provide several breaks, or even to carry your animal if it gets tired quickly. Moreover, if your doggie has osteoarthritis, take a few precautions and protect his paws if you walk a lot.

Don’t forget his business! A comfortable basket will help you recover between two days of ride. If he consumes special kibbles, adapted to a pathology or even to his age, take enough for the whole duration of the stay, in order to avoid that it becomes ill or that health problems already existing worse!

To leave with peace of mind, take with you the coordinates of veterinarians that you can consult on site, in case of problems. It is best to visit a health professional before leaving with your pet, to be sure he can support the trip and that you will spend good times together.

Listen

This is obviously the most important thing to do! You must adapt your getaway to your dog, so that it doesn’t run out too much. And if he gets sick or you feel he is too weak to continue, change your plans and shorten the stay if necessary. Your pet’s health and well-being come first!

If in doubt about his ability to go with you, do not take any chances and find an alternative mode of care, or change your tune, starting less far and shorter.

Whatever your age, a healthy dog can always accompany you in your crazy adventures, provided you are well equipped and listen to his needs.