road trip with your dog

A Road Trip with your Dog or Four Legged “Bestie”

Summer is fast approaching, and if you’re like a lot of us Great-White Northerners, you’re looking forward to some awesome road trips this sunny season.  If you want your four legged family member to join you on your summer time adventures, check out this list of how to prepare for a road trip with your dog:

  1. Talk to your Veterinarian – You’ll want to make sure vaccinations for your furry buddy are up to date, and cover any communicable illnesses for the area to which you’ll be travelling.  Some flea prevention treatments also work against nasty, blood sucking, ticks.2
  2. Identification – Mishaps happen, and sometimes our four legged friends have minds of their own.  So, in case your canine companion goes missing you’ll want to insure that his/her collar includes your contact info.  You’ll also want to make sure that any microchips or tattoos are updated with your current contact info (via your Veterinarian).3
  3. Precious Cargo – A good pet carrier, with proper ventilation, is always best for vehicle travel.  Make sure that your carrier is safety certified and crash tested.  Being inside a proper carrier during road travel is the safest bet for your pet.4
  4. Research – Thankfully, pet friendly accommodations are becoming more common.  A simple google search should provide you with some good options for staying with your pet in a hotel, bed and breakfast or campground.  It’s also a good idea to plan your route and note all rest stops that will give your pet an opportunity to stretch, exercise and do his/her “business”.5
  5. Packing and Prep – It’s best to pack your pet items in one designated bag…this way any item you require is easily located “in the moment”.  Don’t forget any of the following:
  • Regular food and treats (don’t introduce anything new prior to extended vehicle travel).
  • Bedding and towels
  • Brush and shampoo (a flea and tick comb is also a great idea)
  • Any prescribed medications
  • The always necessary…poop bags
  • Toys

It probably doesn’t need to be said, but just in case…never leave your pet in a warm/hot car. You’ll also want to give your pets their regular meals well ahead of travel time (this can prevent motion sickness), and a nice long walk in advance of setting off (your pet will be more relaxed and ready to rest during travel time).  Lastly, enjoy the unconditional love your furry buddy has to offer you!!

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