After a long, cold winter for most of the U.S., we’re more than ready for short-sleeves and open-toed shoes. Summer is finally here, and some of you might be planning your next family getaway – four-legged family members included.

Now that we’re all thinking ahead about summer vacation, it might be a good time to schedule an appointment for your dog at the veterinarian’s office. Getting a good thorough check-up will inform you of your dog’s medical condition before you go so you won’t have to worry about any issues on the road.

To stay on the safe side, bring your dog’s medical records and your veterinarian’s contact info while away. In the event that you do have to stop for medical care, that paperwork will come in handy.

Once you’ve checked the vet appointment off your to-do list, you get to do the fun part: Start researching upcoming dog events and pet-friendly vacation destinations! Check out this list of dog-friendly vacation spots to help get you started. Happy vacationing!