Travelling With Your Shih Tzu

A lot of Shih Tzu likes to go on adventures, which makes travel attractive for them. This is their natural hunting instincts making them want to meet new people and explore new places. However, it may pose as a problem since taking a Shih Tzu along during your travels may be inconvenient. Quite a few people are frightened of dogs and the mess that dogs make while you’re traveling can be very troublesome. It should also be noted that many lodgings and transportation services don’t cater to pets such as dogs and cats.

Having your Shih Tzu watched over by a professional pet handler may be needed to take care of your Shih Tzu during the trip. You also have the option of having your pet stay with a managed kennel. When checking around for a place for your Shih Tzu to live while you’re away, make sure it is comfortable and clean. The dogs staying there should also look content and well-taken care of. A few of these dog kennels allow for you to provide your Shih Tzu’s own sleeping blanket, toy and his favorite foods for while you’re away. Make sure, though, that your Shih Tzu has had its immunization since it is a regular requirement for your dog’s stay in such places.

Though, if you really insist on your Shih Tzu’s company when traveling, here are a few tips:

- A clean bill of health from your veterinarian. Your vet should also be able to provide you a certificate for this.

- Buy a sturdy dog carrier. This is a must since you’d rather not lose your Shih Tzu en route to your destination. A few airlines have dog carriers available for sale though they can be quite expensive. Also, remember that some airlines prefer having your pet in the compartment for luggage. If you really can’t part with your beloved, get a reservation from an airline that allows pets to remain with you during the flight.

- Your Shih Tzu needs good ventilation to keep him cool. Try to get air-conditioned cars when traveling cross-country. This is also true if you are traveling in trains.

- Don’t let your Shih Tzu hang his head out the window while the car is moving. It may be tempting to let your pet play around, but the risks of falling out or getting hit are still there.

- Leaving your Shih Tzu inside the car or under the sun is risky. Heat stroke is a serious danger to your pet and can even be fatal.

- Never leave your Shih Tzu unattended, especially when he is in his carrier. He may get stolen or kidnapped. This also goes for when he’s wandering around. Sometimes, Shih Tzu can be too adventurous and may end up in trouble, or worse, getting you in trouble.

- Fast pulse, rapid panting, red eyes and gums, excessive slobbering, feverish temperature or vomiting, means that your Shih Tzu needs to see a vet quickly. Have cool towels placed on your Shih Tzu and get to the closest pet clinic as soon as possible.

- Some countries have specific rules about pet travel. Try to familiarize yourself with them and try to follow them to avoid legal troubles later.

- A certificate for rabies vaccination and a notarized local language certificate from the closest embassy or consulate are sometimes required, so get one just in case. Better safe than sorry.

- In preparing for a long trip on the road, ready identification for your Shih Tzu. A collar with the Shih Tzu’s name, your name and a handy contact number can save you from a lot of trouble.

- First-aid kits for your Shih Tzu can be easily fixed up. Remember that some emergencies are special to dogs. A flea or tick powder is a good addition to this.

- Have a ready supply of your Shih Tzu’s favorite doggy treats during the trip. Make sure to bring more than enough to last the entire trip to be safe.

- Pack the essentials: clean water, dishes, favorite dog toys, leash, brush, plastic bags and towels, anything than can help your Shih Tzu stay happy during the trip.

- Your Shih Tzu should be given the chance to answer the call of nature every two to three hours so it won’t make any embarrassing messes.

Hopefully, these tips will help you have a better time with traveling with your Shih Tzu.

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Connie Limon

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  • Chris B

    Travelling on Airplane with Shih Tzu – Please Help ASAP?
    PLEASE HELP! I have had to book a flight on very short notice and need to fly across the country with my dog tomorrow night. My dog is a 4 year old Shih Tzu and weighs about 6 pounds. I have flown with him before and the last time I swore to myself it would never happen again. The dog goes absolutely crazy, barking and yelping extremely loudly. The flight is always aboslutely horrible – with flight attendants getting mad at me and other passangers clearly frustrated. I've seen other dogs that travel so well! He travels fine in the car and isnt an abnormally hyper dog. We've tried a quarter tablet of gravol and a half tablet of gravol and they have absolutely no affect on him. We've also tried 2 different natural remedies that have turned out to be a complete waste of money: Vet's Best Relaxed Dog Travel Calm Formula and HomeoPet. PLEASE if you have any suggestions I really really need some help! Tomorrow is Sunday so I won't be able to get a vet to perscribe something. Thankyou so much

  • Nikki

    is there anyone you can leave your dog with? i know when humans fly, if they're not chewing gum or something when flying, it hurts their ears really bad. maybe your dog's ears are hurting him?
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  • Hetep

    Go to your your vet and get a prescription sedative for him. Your dog may also have ear pain from the changes in air pressure that happen in flight. Ask the vet about it.
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  • maxmom

    Get some tranquilizers from your vet. He will sleep the whole way.
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  • Victoria

    I asked my vet what to do to tranquilize my dog and she told me me to give him half of a Dramamine. My dog is a maltese, shih tzu's are around the same size..

    my dog got drowsy but woke up a few times.. try calling your vet and asking if one whole ill of Dramamine is alright

    good luck on your trip and have fun!
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  • Summer

    I called my friend and she said that she not only gives her dog meds from the vet but also travels with little training treats and speaks calmly to her pet through his carrier while they fly. I am certain that you can call your vet and get an emergency prescription. If not, I might suggest trying the Dramamine in a small dose. Give your dog a rawhide or chew toy while the plane is ascending and descending to help with the possibility of unpopped ears.
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  • junkdodge

    for the short notice, call the vets to get a sedative for him
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  • lmltide

    Try Benedryl. I have a 4lb Yorkie and 12lb Chihuahua and drove 8 hours in the car with them. I would have never made it without it. I gave the Yorkie half a pill and the Chihuahua a whole pill. The vet told me not to give more than that. One thing that might help is giving the medication 24 hours before you plan to travel so that it's in their system and working! Good Luck!!
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