Planning Big Adventures With Your Four-Legged Family Members


Whether your family vacations just aren’t complete without your four-legged family member, or you’re a solo adventurer who loves the companionship of your furry friend, it’s important to keep in mind some pet-friendly travel tips. Here are some reminders of what to bring and how to acclimate your dog to long road trips.


Preparing for the Trip

If you know you want your furry friend to take part in any family adventures with you, it’s important to get them acclimated to long car rides. Begin by introducing them to your car and their travel crate or seat belt harness. Then start taking them for trips around the neighborhood. Slowly extend car time with them until they’re prepared for your long trip.


As you’re getting ready to head on your next trip, it’s important to make sure your pet is microchipped and that the contact information listed is accurate. You’ll also want to get them appropriate identification tags for their collar with the necessary contact information on it. Dogs and cats can become easily startled when traveling to new places, so it’s always best to prepare for worst case situations. If your road trip involves crossing state lines or even crossing the border into Canada, it’s best to have vet records on hand with their up-to-date rabies certificate.


Loading Up Your Cargo

As you’re packing up your SUV for the trip ahead, it’s important to prepare a checklist of not just your things, but important items for your dog or cat as well. Some items on that list may include food (with extra rations to prepare for possible travel delays), plenty of water, bowls for both water and food, a leash, any medications they may need, waste bags, and their favorite toy or blanket. Letting your furry friend bring their favorite toy will help them feel at ease on the road away from home.


You also want to ensure your pet is traveling safely. Either invest in a travel crate that is large enough for them to stand and comfortably lay down in, or purchase a harness that attaches to your vehicle’s seat belt, so they are safely secured while the vehicle is in motion. Letting your pet roam the vehicle unsecured is unsafe in case of an accident or even an episode of hard braking.


General Reminders 

It’s best to feed your pet a light meal a few hours before you depart to prevent an uneasy stomach. Try to avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle to prevent nausea in your pet. It’s also important to remember to never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. Even on a 70 degree day, the temperature inside your vehicle can turn into an oven. During winter months, leaving your pet inside your vehicle could also cause your pet to freeze to death. Prevent an unnecessary accident and find pet-friendly stops along your route.


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