Looking for the perfect companion on your road trip? Your dog could be the travel buddy you’ve been looking for all along. Just like humans, dogs need to prepare for an upcoming trip. Here are some tips that will make traveling with your favorite canine a breeze!
5 tips to make it the best road trip for you and your dog
Contact your vet
You’ll want to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Additionally, by letting your veterinarian know where you’re going, they may suggest other vaccinations to ensure the safety and health of your dog.
Confirm pet policies
To avoid unpleasant surprises, contact your destinations (parks, campgrounds or hotels) to review any pet restrictions. After hours of driving, you don’t want to arrive to find out your pup is not allowed. Take the time to research the surrounding area to find local vets, pet stores, and dog parks, so you and your pup can have a great time.
Keep your dog’s tags on at all time
Naturally, your dog will want to explore the new sights, smells, and sounds. However, they may also get anxious and run away. Update your dog’s tag with current information. That way, if your dog travels too far or gets lost, they can be easily identified and returned to you.
Pack for your pet
Just like humans, dogs will need provisions. Here’s a basic list of items to remember:
- Food and bottled water. It’s important to keep them on the same eating habits as they are on at home, and your dog will need water breaks throughout the road trip.
- You’ll want to bring your own bowls for ease.
- Health records. You may need to show proof of vacations at some parks and campgrounds.
- A used towel or blanket. Bringing something that smells like home helps dogs to adjust to their new surroundings.
- A few toys. You’ll want to keep them occupied during pit stops. We suggest puzzle or treat toys and some tennis balls for fetch to burn off extra energy.
- Poop bags. Always have poop bags available and pick up after your dog. Not only is it proper etiquette but also better for the environment.
- Pet sunscreen. If it’s going to be sunny, you’ll want to buy some doggy sunscreen. Dogs’ noses can get burned if exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Remember, human sunscreen is poisonous to dogs!
Don’t forget to schedule breaks
You won’t want to forget to plan breaks for your dog when drafting your road trip timeline. A 15 to 30-minute potty and water break is recommended for every 4 hours spent in the car.
Now that you are prepared, load up your car and travel the states!
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