Road Trip Tips:
- If you have a pet there’s a lot to consider when you go on vacation. Today we’re going to focus on bringing your pup on road trips.
- It’s the middle of the summer and lots of people are planning road trips. If you’re going to take Rover with you you’ll need to plan for the following:
- First things first, make sure your destination takes pets. Here’s a hotel site that specializes in finding pet-friendly hotels: http://www.officialpethotels.com/?refclickid=1385~G~&adposition=1s1&device=c&gclid=COOu9ozc07gCFa9fQgod4koAkw#axzz2aOrQXtsO
- Before you book your stay here are some questions you might want to ask: http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/pet-policy.php#.UfXaMW0UVy0
- Before you hop in the car and set off on your journey you’ll want to make sure Rover is up to date on his shots and medications.
- Make sure you pack everything you’ll need for Rover. Here is a checklist you might find helpful: http://www.petfriendly.ca/checklist.php#.UfXcVW0UVy0
- Be prepared for the car ride. You’ll need to have plenty of water for your pooch and plan to make frequent rest stops along your way. It’s important to exercise your pooch before the long journey – your pet will be more likely to rest during the trip. Also, feed your pooch early. Rover will be less likely to be sick. For more pet friendly road trip tips check out http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/road-trip.php#.UfXfRm0UVy0
- Consider putting your pooch in a crate for the journey. A crate can prevent a pooch from getting hurt. If you don’t like the idea of a crate you may want to try a doggy seat belt. The seat belt makes sure Rover is secure in the car.
Here are a few more tips that will help you prepare for your road trip:
- Trial run – take a few shorter drives with your pooch to see how he/she reacts
- Don’t let your dog stick his/her head out the window – this may cause lung infections, ear damage, or other injuries
- Second collar tag – add a second tag to your dog’s collar with the address of the place you’re staying
- Don’t leave your dog in the car unattended
- Use a window shade if your vehicles windows aren’t tinted
Note: above tips adapted from Mother Nature Network’s Laura Moss and PETA’s travel trips
For more tips you might want to check out the following websites