Dogs are part of our families and of course we want them to enjoy the same feeling that we enjoyed during vacations and road trips. Almost all families with dogs do it anyway, so it wouldn’t be a problem if you bring your dog with you.
And besides, it’s more fun to have a furry friend with you. Plus, you won’t have to worry if your pet is well fed or is fine when left at home.
So, have you decided to take your dog on your next road trip? This is what you need to know.
Should you bring your dog?
How does your dog feel today? Is the sick? injured? pregnant? So you shouldn’t take your dog for a walk.
If your dog is not trained to ride, especially during road trips, train him first. Not all dogs are natural in the car, so you should make him comfortable and safe before trying to travel with him.
Some dogs are dizzy, quickly overstimulated, and physically or emotionally upset. If that’s the case, your best bet would be to keep him home first unless you find a way to deal with it.
Also, consider your fate. It will be fun from your dog’s point of view if you enjoy a beach or outdoor trip than being cooped up or caged most of the time.
Visit your dog’s vet for a checkup before traveling. Make sure your dog is up to date with the necessary vaccinations. Request a health certificate if you can, as some states require you to have a recent health certificate and a certificate of rabies vaccination.
Pack the essentials
When packing, include an ample supply of pet food and other needs for your dog. Don’t rely on stopping at stores to pick up supplies or buy your supplies only when you’ve reached your destination, as they may not have the correct brand or supplies you need for your dog. It is not recommended to introduce your pet to a new brand of food when traveling. Other necessary pet supplies are:
Transport bag (for small dogs)
Leash or harness
Pet Seat Cover
First aid box
Lavender oil, toys or other things that can calm your pet.
Make sure your pet has the correct ID on its collar. It could be an identification tag, a collar tag, or even a microchip attached to the collar. Pet identification must contain your home address with your phone number and other relevant contact information.
Hitting the road
Make sure your pet is securely attached to your vehicle. Wear a harness, pet carrier, or pet barrier safely. This keeps you and your dog safe and avoids any form of distraction when driving.
Never leave your pet alone in the car. During hot days, the temperature inside the vehicle can rise up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit even with the windows slightly open.
Just because you can travel a hundred miles without resting doesn’t mean your pet can. Make frequent pit stops and always provide frequent restrooms and exercise breaks. During pit stops, be sure to provide your pet with fresh water. This keeps them rehydrated, especially during long trips.
Keep food to a minimum during the trip. Feed them regular pet food and never give them anything they eat, as this could sometimes lead to stomach problems you wouldn’t enjoy driving.