- If you know where you are traveling, seek out pet-friendly restaurants and shops in case you need to cool off and get a bit to eat. This way you don’t have to leave Fido in the car! Always bring your dog’s crate with you, it’s their turf and helps to make them feel safe.
- Make sure you feed your pup before leaving, this will help to avoid throwing up in the car. Many dogs get car sick and traveling long distances can trigger motion sickness in pets and animals. And don’t forget to keep water constantly available for your mutt, this prevents dehydration, which can also lead to throwing up in your car.
- Stop often for potty and play breaks. This helps to break the trip up during the day and keeps your canine happy!
- NEVER leave an animal unattended in a car!!! Professionals say that in the summer time it is twenty degrees hotter on average, in a car than it is outside. So even on a pretty 85 degree day, it is 105 degrees in your car!! Rule of thumb-if it’s too hot for you in a fur coat, it’s too hot for your pet.
- It is extremely important to make sure that your dog has updated ID on. It only takes one time for you to open the door and watch your beloved run away. Microchips and collars are the way to go when traveling with your four legged friends.
- Bring familiar items with you on trips. Blankets, toys and chewies are must have’s! It gets boring, so bring things for your pup to do.
- Know a local vet. In case of an emergency, get familiar with the vets in the areas that you will be traveling in.
Heather Green is a freelance writer and the resident blogger for OnlineNursingDegrees.org, a free informational website offering tips and advice on online nursing schools.