Dogs are part of the family and time away at the cottage isn’t the same without them!
There are some things to consider when bringing your furry loved ones along on your travels up North.
Here are some tips to keep your dog safe!
- Some pups are prone to car sickness; a small meal before leaving can help to alleviate symptoms
- Make sure to keep the temperature at a comfortable level and stop for frequent water and toilet breaks
- Keep your pet secured in the back of the vehicle, ideally with a seat-belt or in a crate
At the Cottage:
- Just as it is important to know the location of the nearest hospital for (human) emergencies, it is important to have contact information for the nearest veterinarian. Don’t rely on Google! Signal in cottage country can be spotty
- Put a temporary tag on your dog with the address of the cottage where you’re staying
- Medicate your dog to prevent heart worm, fleas, and ticks, etc.
- Inspect your pup’s coat for ticks daily, especially if they’ve been in the bush
- Keep your pets nearby and away from other wildlife and possible animal traps
- If going on a hike in the woods, consider a bear bell so your dog doesn’t surprise any bears -it could prevent an attack
- Take collars off when going for a swim - it can easily become entangled and cause drowning
On the Water:
- Let your dog have a chance to get comfortable with the boat before taking it out on the water
- Invest in a life jacket, even if you think your dog is a strong swimmer. It gives you something to grab onto to pull your pup out of the water - you don’t want to grab their collar