Dogs are part of our families and of course we would like them to enjoy the same feeling we get on vacations and road trips. Almost all families with dogs do this anyway, so it wouldn’t be a problem if you take your dog with you.
Plus, it’s more fun having a four-legged friend with you. Plus, you won’t have to worry if your pet is well fed or is doing well 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 with you?
How is your dog feeling today? Is he ill? hurt? Pregnant? Then you shouldn’t take your dog for a walk.
If your dog is not trained to ride, especially on road trips, train him first. Not all dogs are natural in the car, so you should make them comfortable and safe before attempting to travel with them.
Some dogs get motion sickness, are quickly over-stimulated, and become physically or emotionally upset. If so, the best option would be to keep it at home first, unless you can find a way to deal with this.
Also think about your destination. It will be fun from your dog’s point of view if they enjoy a trip to the beach or the outdoors rather than being locked in a crate or being restrained most of the time.
Visit your dog’s veterinarian for a medical examination before traveling. Make sure your dog is up to date with the necessary vaccinations. Ask for a health certificate if you can, as some states require you to have a recent health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate.
Pack the essentials
When packing, include a sufficient amount of pet food and other necessities for your dog. Don’t expect to stop by stores to look for supplies or purchase their supplies only when you’ve arrived at your destination, as they might not have the right brand or the supplies you need for your dog. It is not recommended to present your pet with a new brand of food while traveling. Other pet supplies needed are:
Transport bag (for small dogs)
Leash or harness
Pet seat cover
First aid kit
Lavender oil, toys, or other things that can calm your pet.
Make sure your pet is wearing the correct ID in their collar. it can be an ID tag, a collar tag, or even a microchip attached to the collar. Animal identification should contain your personal address along with your phone number and other relevant contact information.
By taking the road
Make sure your pet is securely strapped in your vehicle. Use a harness, animal carrier, or pet gate safely. This protects you and your dog, and prevents any form of distraction while 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 hundreds of kilometers without resting doesn’t mean your pet can. Make frequent pit stops and always plan for frequent restroom and exercise breaks. During pit stops, be sure to provide your pet with fresh water. This keeps them rehydrated, especially on long hikes.
Keep food to a minimum during the trip. Feed them regular pet food and never give them anything you eat as this could sometimes lead to stomach issues that you wouldn’t like to have while driving.