Dogs are part of our families and, of course, we would like them to enjoy the same feeling that we enjoy during vacations and car trips. Almost all families with dogs do it anyway, so it wouldn't be a problem if you bring your dog with you.
And what's more, it's more fun to have a four-legged friend with you. Plus, you won't have to worry if your pet is well fed or if he is fine 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?
How is your dog feeling today? Is he sick? injured? Pregnant? Then you shouldn't take your dog for a ride.
If your dog is not trained to ride, especially during road trips, train him first. Not all dogs are naturally riding in the car, so you should put him at ease and secure before trying to travel with him.
Some dogs have motion sickness, are quickly overstimulated, and are physically or emotionally upset. If so, the best option would be to keep it at home first, unless you find a way to manage it.
Also think about your destination. It will be fun from your dog's point of view if he is enjoying a trip to the beach or outdoors whether being locked in a cage or being restrained most of the time.
Visit your dog's veterinarian for a medical exam before traveling. Make sure your dog is up to date with the necessary vaccinations. Ask for a health certificate if you can because some states require that you have a recent health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate.
Pack the Essentials
When packaging, include a large amount of pet food and other necessities for your dog. Do not plan to stop in stores to pick up supplies or buy their supplies only when you have reached your destination, as they may not have the right brand or supplies for your dog. It is not advisable to present your pet with a new brand of food when traveling. Other necessary pet supplies 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 wears the correct ID in their collar. it can be an identification tag, a collar tag or even a microchip attached to the collar. The animal identification must contain your personal address along with your phone number and other relevant contact information.
When you hit the road
Make sure your pet is securely fastened in your vehicle. Use a harness, pet 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. In hot weather, the temperature inside the vehicle can rise to 120 degrees Fahrenheit even with the windows slightly open.
Just because you can travel hundreds of miles without resting doesn't mean your pet can. Take frequent pit stops and always schedule frequent breaks for the bathroom and exercise. During pit stops, be sure to provide fresh water to your pet. This keeps them rehydrated, especially during long trips.
Keep food to a minimum during the trip. Feed them with pet food and never give them anything you eat, as this could lead to stomach problems that you would not like to have while driving.