Dogs are part of our families and of course we would want for them to enjoy the same feeling we enjoy during vacations and road trips. Almost every family with dogs does that anyway, so it wouldn’t be an issue if you bring your dog with you.
And besides, it’s more fun having a furry friend with you around. Moreover, you won’t have to worry if your pet is well fed or if he is alright when you leave him at home.
So, have you decided to take your dog on your next road trip? Here’s what you need to know.
Should You Take Your Dog Along?
How is your dog feeling today? Is he sick? injured? pregnant? Then you should not take your dog for a ride.
If your dog isn’t trained to ride, especially during road trips, train him first. Not all dogs are natural riding in the car so you should make him feel comfortable and safe first before attempting to travel with him.
Some dogs have motion sickness, get overstimulated quickly, and get physically or emotionally upset. If that is the case, the best option would be to keep it at home first unless you found a way to deal with that.
Also, consider your destination. It will be fun from your dog’s point of view if he enjoys a trip at a beach or outdoors than being locked in cage or be restrained most of the time.
Visit your dog’s veterinarian for a medical checkup before traveling. Ensure that your dog is up to date with the necessary vaccinations. Request for a health certificate if you can as some states require you to have a recent health certificate and certificate of rabies vaccination.
Pack the Essentials
When packing, include an ample supply of pet food and other necessities of your dog. Don’t rely stopping at stores to pick up for supplies or buying their supplies only when you’ve reached your destination as they might not have the right brand or supplies you need for your dog. It is not advisable to introduce your pet with a new brand of food when traveling. Other pet supplies needed are:
- Dog Harness
- Carrier bag (for small dogs)
- Leash or harness
- Pet seat cover
- First aid kit
- Lavender oil, toys, or other things that can calm your pet.
- Feeding bowl
- Grooming supply
Ensure that your pet has the right identification put in his collar. it could be an ID tag, a collar tag, or even a microchip strapped in the collar. The pet identification should contain your home address with your phone number and other relevant contact information.
When Hitting The Road
Ensure that your pet is safely restrained in your vehicle. Use a safely harness, pet carrier or a vehicle pet barrier. This keeps you and your dog safe and it prevents any form of distraction when you drive.
Never leave your pet alone in the car. During warm days, the temperature inside the vehicle can rise up to 120 degrees fahrenheit even with the windows slightly open.
Just because you can go for a hundred miles without resting, that doesn’t mean that your pet can. Take frequent pit stops and always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. During pit stops, be sure to provide your pet with fresh water. This keeps them rehydrated especially during long rides.
Keep the food at a minimum during travel. Feed them with regular pet food and never give them with anything that you eat as sometimes this could lead them to stomach problems which you wouldn’t enjoy having when driving.