This article is reprinted from the Memorial Day issue of Brown Dog Tales, the newsletter.
As you plan your summer vacation, think about where your dog will stay while you're away. If you want to use a boarding facility or a house and pet sitter, make those arrangements early. Wait too long and they may not be able to accommodate your dog.
Taking your dog with you on a trip? Make sure you have his current shot records with you when you travel and that his ID tags and microchip have up-to-date contact information that includes your cell phone number. Know the phone number and address of a 24/7 emergency vet at your final destination. And if you're traveling by car with your dog, put an envelope in your glove box with emergency contact information for someone who can be responsible for your dog should you be in an accident and require hospitalization.