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Everything You Need To Know About Pets and Traveling

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | July 09, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About Pets and Traveling

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Everyone who has a dog comes to making this decision eventually: Do you bring the pooch along or board them while you are away? No matter what you pick, BarkPost is here for you.

BarkPost is a lot more than just a website about traveling with your pets. They are a one-stop destination for all things Fido and Fifi. Pretty much every story that comes out about dogs makes the site and their in-house writers add worthwhile content almost daily. But we are here about travel, so let's take a look.

Travel in General

In the post, “Ultimate Checklist for Traveling With Your Dog,” which comes courtesy of the fine folks over at FidoFriendly, they discuss the top ten things that you should always make sure that are on your list for traveling with your pet. They include obvious items such as tags, collars, leashes and toys. Then there are items you may not have considered, such as vaccination records, a first aid kit, and safety restraints. And don’t forget to call ahead and verify your hotel reservation is dog-friendly.


Contributor Wheaton Simis shares his, “5 Important Things To Keep In Mind When You Go Camping With Your Pup,” and has some great suggestions.  His first suggestion is one of my favorites as well and that is to check out They list pet-friendly campgrounds (yes, there are many that are not) as well as attractions, restaurants, services, events and more.  Oh, and yes, even if you are not the camping type, will help you find and book a hotel, too. 

The Beach

Bringing your dog to the beach sounds like a great idea, but there is a certain amount of decorum you must respect. Contributor Lexi Marietti tells us in her post, “4 Ways To Make Your Pup’s Beach Trip A Whopping Success,” the cardinal rule is to pay attention to your pet. She also dishes on how to watch out for your pet while trying to watch the scenery. Don’t forget to check with the local authorities to see when the beach's hours are for allowing pets.

Bringing Home An Unexpected Souvenir

I am not talking about a full poop bag here, folks. Let’s say you are overseas and you make the mistake of latching onto the local homeless pooch and decide that you want to bring him or her home. Wheaton Simis gives us excellent advice in his column, “How To Rescue A Dog That You Meet On Your Vacation Abroad.” He tells us to make sure you have a local vet look at the dog, keep up on your rabies and check the pup’s microchip. There is also a full list of links with additional information.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg at BarkPost. They have plenty more on traveling with your pet as well as funny pics, heartwarming stories, viral videos and posts on every pet-related topic known to man. And of course, man’s best friend.


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