A complete guide to taking road trips with your pet.
Taking your pet on a road trip always seems like a good idea. However, it’s not quite as simple as opening the car door and letting Fluffy jump in. But with a little preparation, a long road trip doesn’t have to be difficult.
Visit the Vet Before You Go
It’s important that your pet is in good health if you’re going to expect him or her to behave well and enjoy a road trip, especially if it’s a lengthy one. Take your dog to the vet before you hit the road. Make sure he or she has all the vaccinations they may need. While you’re at the vet, purchase any medication your pet may require. As a courtesy to dog-friendly hotels as well as to your dog, it’s a good idea to get a new batch of flea and worm preventative medicine.
Avoid Stressing Your Dog
Make your car a comfortable environment for your dog. Not only will this help to lure him or her inside, but it will also make the entire journey fun and painless! Remember that sounds affect dogs much more acutely than they do humans, so keep the radio down. Ensure the temperature is cool enough for your pet by turning on the A/C, and never, ever leave your dog alone in a car on a hot or even mild day!
Here are a few essential items that you may need to take along with you:
- Leash and collar with ID tags
- Water bowl or water drinker with plenty of water!
- Food bowl and food for each day
- Waste bags
- Blanket, bed, or pad for sleeping
- Soft crate
- Any medications your pet is on
- Proof of vaccinations, information for microchip registration, pet insurance, and other necessary emergency documents
- Flea and tick control
- Motion sickness medications