Well, children are on Spring Break and families are planning their trips whether to the theme parks, beaches, or mountains. Either way one needs to stop and think of the pugs. If one is traveling with their pugs make sure the travel arrangements are pug friendly. Remember to contact airlines to make sure your pug can be in the cabin with you. Many airlines prohibit small nose dogs to ride in cargo so if they are unable to be in the cabin you will not be able to travel by flight. If your pug is allowed in the cabin make sure you do not give them food or water two hours prior to the flight. Also, make sure the pug goes potty before going on the flight. For potty areas for the airport please go to the airline website or the airport site and it will give you the location of or if the airport has a specific potty area.
If the family is traveling by car make sure to plan ahead to stop for your pug to stretch their legs, potty, and eat. If you pug has a weak stomach you may want to hold off on the food until you get to a place in which you have the time to make sure their stomach is settled before hopping in the car again. Car movement can make pugs ill just as humans. Remember the more water you give them the more you will need to stop and let them potty. If you are traveling in hot climates be sure to keep your pug cool with plenty of water, air conditioning, and no strenuous activity. Pugs are prone to overheat rather quickly which could lead to heat stroke or worse.
If you are boarding your pug make sure it is a replicable boarder, a friendly place, and a place who understands pugs and their needs. Some boarders have so many dogs that your pug will only be a number to them where you want to make sure if your pug starts to overheat or is too active they are able to assist to calm your pug or keep your pug cool. Pack enough food that your Pug is use to, consistency is best for your Pug and one of those consistencies is keeping them on their feeding schedule with the same food they are used to at home
If it is a family friend or neighbor who will be watching your pugs again make sure they understand the wants, needs, and activities of your pug. You don’t want them to bring a stranger in that could cause harm or forget the needs of your pug such as a diabetic pug, weight issue of a pug, or etc. Not to say they would forget or bring a stranger but you just want to know your pug will be taken care of.
Whether one is traveling with their pug, boarding their pug, or having a house/pet sitter make sure emergency numbers are available, shot records, medications are available, plenty of water, food, and something familiar from home. There are websites available such as www.dogfriendly.com and www.bringfido.com that can assist as well as going to individual hotel/motel sites, airlines, areas of interests, and etc. help you plan a trip that is dog friendly. Do not forget when packing an emergency kit for your family members to also pack an emergency kit for your Pug such things as gauze bandage, eye wash, tweezers and such are great to have in an emergency kit for your Pug.
A content pug is a happy pug. Traveling is stressful for you and your pug so make it an easy vacation for both of you to bring a blanket, a toy, or such for your Pug. Happy traveling.