Traveling with a pet can be a wonderful experience - whether you’re taking a road trip or flying to your destination. But it’s important to consider the safety of our furry friends as we plan for our journey, especially if you have a wrinkly breed like an English Bulldog, French Bulldog, or Pug.
These breeds are particularly prone to overheating and heatstroke due to their pushed-in faces and lack of natural air flow around their muzzles. On top of that, they tend to have respiratory problems that can make long car rides uncomfortable. In this blog post, we’ll look at some tips on how to travel safely with your pup so that everyone has an enjoyable adventure.
Choose the Right Transport
If you’re traveling by car, make sure that your pup has plenty of room to move around and stay comfortable. For longer distances, consider using a pet carrier or crate for added security (as well as protection from airbags in the event of an accident). When flying, use an approved airline-safe pet carrier in the cabin - not the cargo hold - to ensure your pup is nearby at all times.
Research any travel restrictions or regulations related to pets before booking your trip. Be sure to check out hotels along the way if you plan on making stops overnight and find out whether they are pet-friendly. If you’re flying, make sure that your pup’s carrier meets all the airline requirements and double-check to see if there are size or weight limits for in-cabin pet carriers.
Make sure your car has air conditioning and plan breaks along the way so your pup can get out and move around. When flying, don’t book a flight with too many connections - direct flights are best since they reduce the amount of time your pup will be stuck in their crate or carrier. And always bring plenty of water to keep them hydrated!
Be sure to pack any necessary medications as well as an emergency contact list in case something happens. Bring along a copy of your pup’s veterinary records and make sure they are wearing their ID tags with all the important information clearly visible. And don’t forget to bring some of your pup’s favorite toys to keep them entertained during the trip!
Bring along some wipes to keep your pup’s wrinkles clean, as well as a towel for any muddy paws or wet fur. Some breeds are more prone to infection in their wrinkles than others, so regular cleaning is essential if you want to avoid any nasty surprises later on.
To keep their wrinkles free of dirt and debris, it's recommended that you use a cleaning solution like Squishface Wrinkle Wipes made specifically for pets. This type of product kills bacteria and prevents infection. Also, make sure to dry your pup’s wrinkles thoroughly after cleaning them. A gentle cloth or soft towel is best as they are less likely to irritate the skin.
After cleaning with Wrinkle Wipes, follow with Squishface Wrinkle Paste. Wrinkle Paste is a wrinkle cleaner and tear stain cream for dogs created without water or alcohol. Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus, and other bacteria at bay resulting in happy, protected, and fresh-smelling bulldog wrinkles.
The Bottom Line
Traveling with a pet can be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved, just be sure to follow these tips for extra safety - especially if you have a wrinkly breed like an English Bulldog, French Bulldog, or Pug! Have fun and happy travels!