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Traveling with Your Dog During the Holidays: Insights from DOGG!T Founders, Carley and Cameron Simpson

Traveling Tips from DOGG!T Experts:

Meet Carley and Cameron Simpson, the founders of DOGG!T, where their love for dogs meets innovation. Beyond transforming the pet industry, these sisters are pros at traveling with their AKC award-winning canine companions. With years of experience traveling for their careers in television and operations while participating in the competitive dog show world, they have discovered helpful, and sometimes life-saving, tips to ensure a smooth journey for both you and your four-legged family member. 

Preparing for Holiday Air Travel

Carley and Cameron emphasize the importance of thoughtful planning when traveling with dogs during the holidays. Choosing a climate comfortable for your dog, whether by car or plane, is crucial. When flying, consider temperature restrictions and limit food and water intake before the flight. Adequate potty time is essential, and training a few weeks prior can help prepare your dog for extended travel.

Ensuring Comfort during Flights

Packing a dog-specific travel bag is a must, including comfort items like potty pads/bags, favorite toys, and a travel dish for water. For flights, adhere to specific crate requirements, and consider freezing water the night before to minimize splashing. A printed information sheet with the dog's details aids communication with airline workers. Safety is key; dogs should fly naked, without coats or collars, harnesses or anything else that could get caught on any loose items when under the plane belly.

Adapting to Different Environments

Whether staying in hotels or friends' houses, prioritize familiar items for your dog's comfort. Bring essentials like bowls, food and toys, and consider a travel cooler for perishables. Stick to your dog's routine to minimize disruptions, and avoid changing their diet or water source to prevent upset stomachs. We recommend buying spring or purified water.

Managing Outdoor Activities in Cold Weather

Consider the weather and terrain when planning outdoor activities. Some breeds, like Whippets or Greyhounds, may need extra protection from the cold. Bring protective gear, including jackets or booties, for breeds susceptible to cold temperatures.

Safety Measures in Unfamiliar Places

Maintain safety by ensuring collars fit securely and teaching recall commands. Carry a backup leash and collar, and reinforce boundaries to keep your dog safe in new environments. Familiarize yourself with local veterinary options and have a first aid kit with essentials like Benadryl and antibiotic spray. Have your vet double check that your dog’s microchip is still in place. (They can move!) Also, make sure to have a name and phone number tag on your dog’s collar in case anyone needs to get a hold of you when you are not with your dog. 

Addressing Winter Weather Challenges

Plan for potential weather-related challenges by staying informed about destination temperatures and having a safety backup plan. Stay adaptable and positive during the trip, as your dog mirrors your emotions. Crate training provides a secure space for your dog and prevents potential collar hazards during stressful situations.

DOGG!T's Veterinary Advisor 

DOGG!T's travel tips are further validated by veterinary advice from their advisor, Dr. Callie Harris. Dr. Harris, who joined Purina in 2016 as the Veterinary Communications Manager and also an ER/Urgent Care Vet, recommends the following verbatim for the holiday season:

• Consistency with Their Own Food: Be careful of introducing new treats or food in a new place, as it can cause an upset tummy.

• Traveling in a Crate: Make sure your pet is used to it before embarking on a long trip.

• Updated Vaccines: Ensure all vaccines are up to date, especially in light of a mysterious respiratory illness. Consider Bordatella and flu vaccines, and consult with your vet for personalized advice.

Meet the Trailblazers: Carley and Cameron Simpson

In the realm where passion for dogs meets innovation, sisters Carley and Cameron Simpson have left an indelible mark. As the founders of DOGG!T, a revolutionary platform poised to transform the pet industry, their journey reflects a lifetime commitment to the world of dogs. Carley, with a background in television production, and Cameron, boasting an extensive corporate leadership history, bring a wealth of expertise to the table.

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