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Traveling With Your Pet - Road Trip Tips
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While planning your vacation you not only need to consider where you are going and how you will get there, but also what you will do with your pet. If you decide to travel by car and plan on taking your dog or cat with you, there are a few things you should consider. Preparations will need to be made before traveling and certain factors will need to be taken into account while traveling.

Things to Consider Before You Travel with Your Dog or Cat

Before you travel with your pet, the most important thing you should do is consult your veterinarian. Make sure he is healthy enough to go on a road trip. Take any health problems your pet may have into account and make sure the trip will not aggravate these health issues. You will also want to consider the temperament of your traveling companion. A dog or cat with a nervous tendency, for example, may not enjoy a long ride in the car. Health problems can occur if a nervous pet is exposed to stress for long periods. If you are unsure how your furry pal will handle a ride in the vehicle, first take him with you on several small local trips, such as to the park or the pet store. This will not only get him used to a car ride but it will also help him associate it with something fun. Just remember not to take your pet with you where he will have to be left alone in the vehicle.

If the road trip requires overnight stops, check with the hotels or motels you will be staying at to make sure he is welcome. Be sure you pack all the necessary items your furry friend will need such as food and water, leashes, comfortable bedding, medication, and a first-aid kit. Also be sure to carry your vet’s information with you and see if they can provide you with a 24 hour emergency number. You will also want to make sure your pet is wearing their collar and ID tags and that the information on the tags is curren and legible. Carry a photo of your pal for in case your pet gets loose and lost.

Photo and Veterinary Information for Pets

Safety Tips for Traveling on the Road with Your Pet

Make sure your best friend has a comfortable place to rest while on the trip. Carriers, dog car safety seats, or other pet travel products can be quite comfortable. A simple blanket or dog bed will also be sufficient. Never let your pet travel in the back of an open pickup bed. Always make sure he is safely restrained inside the vehicle. Canine seat belts allow your dog to sit or lie down comfortably. And they will also keep him from interfering while you drive. Do not allow your dog to stick his head out the window while on the road. A tiny speck of flying debris can do a lot of damage. You can keep the window partially open in order to provide ventilation and he will still be able to enjoy the new scents from an open window without having to put his head out.

Be sure bring plenty of water and make several pit stops. Many rest areas have places designated especially for pets. During these rest stops, evaluate your pet’s health. Make sure he is not stressed or car sick. If you see any signs of distress or illness, contact your veterinarian immediately.

You and your vet know your dog or cat better than anyone. If there is any doubt about whether your pet can handle the trip, seriously consider leaving him behind with a friend or at a quality pet boarding facility. If you are reasonably certain that your best friend will enjoy the road trip but it turns out he does not, be prepared to make longer pit stops.

Your vacation will be much more
pleasurable if you take your pet's
health and safety into consideration.

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