By Jody Chiqouine of NEPR

*Check to see that identification tags are readable and attachment hooks are strong.

*When you arrive at your destination, put a blank adhesive label on the back of the ID tag and add the local contact info. Completely cover this with a piece of clear packaging tape, and it will be waterproof and easy to read for the duration of your trip.

*Always keep a collar on the dog while traveling. If you have an accident and the dog runs off, the ID tag will be on the dog.

*If your Pyr is not microchipped, do so before you leave on your trip. 95% of microchipped dogs are returned to owners within hours.

*A rabies tag should be on the dog at all times. Always travel with a current rabies certificate.

*Take your Pyr’s health records and your veterinarian contact information with you.

*Be sure you have tick preventive and heart worm meds.

*Travel with a current photo of your Pyr that shows their face in detail (much like a passport photo). If your dog gets lost, you can have signs made with the picture. Many people do not know what a Great Pyr looks like.

*Keep a simple pet-first aid kit with you.