traveling with your dog

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Most travelers have experienced travel-related tummy upset or illness. Motion sickness, foreign water, stress, jet lag, sleep deprivation, unusual foods, and weather change are among the culprits that that lead to tummy distress. The same thing can happen to our canine travel partners and it’s not uncommon for dogs to show real signs of stress during and after travel.

Natural Foods for Traveling Dogs

A lot of inexpensive and easy-to-obtain health foods can really make a big difference in your pooch’s well-being both at home and when you travel with your dog.

Blueberries and cranberries are full of fiber and anti-oxidants. A few frozen, fresh, or dried berries can be a healthful treat and it’s long been agreed that cranberries can aid in urinary tract health.

Apple Cider Vinegar is excellent for restoring proper pH levels and aids the digestive tract. One teaspoon is all that is needed for most dogs. The taste and odor is strong and may need to be disguised in a highly-valued treat but it packs a punch in health benefits. Try a little before you leave and once you arrive.

Additives that Help Traveling Dogs

Probiotics can be very important during times of stress or after a course of antibiotics. Keeping the intestinal flora balanced and healthy is paramount for good health. This is something to consider before, during, and after travels for dogs.

Spirulina has been proven to boost the immune system and is dense in micronutrients and protein. Consider adding this powerful health supplement to your dog’s lifestyle at home and on the road.

And last, pumpkin is high in fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. It calms an upset intestinal tract and if you don’t decide to feed a little on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to keep a can of 100% pure pumpkin on hand for transient upset stomachs. The beauty of pumpkin is that it works very quickly and can soften hard stools in dogs and conversely can firm up loose stools.

Any traveler with a dog experiencing these common stress-related imbalances will appreciate the ease and speed of this easy, healthy, and cheap remedy.

Always consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s lifestyle or diet but keep in mind that a few healthful additions can keep your traveling dog happy and healthy—naturally.