Posted Date: September 14, 2015
Planning your trip to Cynosport in October? Here's some helpful tips to remember!
Each year people come from all over the country to attend Cynosport. While the focus is on competition and fun, remembering important safety concerns can ensure that you and your dogs have a good time.
Regardless of how you travel, it's a good idea to make sure your dog is microchipped and is wearing a collar with tags. Microchips help to reunite your dog with you if he or she gets lost, but many times dogs that are found are not scanned so an ID with your current phone number (and email) is an important safety backup. Make sure you have some pictures of your dog, either printed out or on your phone, in case your dog does become lost.
Determining where an emergency veterinarian is located is important not only for your planned arrival destination, but it's also a good time to find this information out for any major stops along the way if you are driving. With the Internet, this information is easy to find and it's useful to have them already researched since you don't want to find yourself having to do that step when you are stressed out if your dog has a medical issue.
If you are traveling across state lines, it's also a good idea to keep a copy of your dog's vaccination records, in case these become necessary.
Keeping your dog in a carrier or secured with a harness is the safest way to travel. While sticking his or her head out the window seems like a fun drive for the dog, dogs can easily become injured by flying debris or if they're thrown around if you have to brake quickly.
If you're planning on traveling by air, each airline has their own rules and guidelines on what is permissible. Here's a list of major airline links:
Air travel is generally not advisable if the dog must travel in the cargo area and not the main cabin. The ASPCA also provides tips on air travel
if you find that is your only available travel option.
Below are some links to major airline's pet information pages:
Finally, if you have a smartphone or tablet computer, make use of the many apps available for pet travel
. You can find everything from veterinary clinic finders to dog park locations.
We wish you all safe travels to Murfreesboro, TN this year!