Before the TripIn the weeks leading up to your trip, be sure to include your pups needs in the planning process. There are over 12,000 lodgings that are pet-friendly in the U.S. so you should look up ones along your travel route.
You can also schedule a checkup with your pet's vet to make sure that their vaccinations are up-to-date. If your pet takes any medications, you'll want to bring enough for the entire trip. You should also get a record of their health certifications to bring along.
Gather multiple forms of identification to bring with you, and make sure that your pet has been microchipped. Attach an ID tag to your pet's collar with their name, proof of rabies shot, your name, and your phone number.
Come up with a plan on how to secure your pet in the vehicle. Whether you use a seat belt, car barrier, or dog crate - it's important to come up with these plans ahead of time. Crates are one of the safest choices for your pet, just make sure that there is proper ventilation, that it's large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in, that it has good handles, a leak-proof bottom, and is padded with comfortable mats.
Preparing Your Dog for Car TravelSome dogs LOVE to ride in the car, while others are a bit apprehensive about it.You can start to get them used to the vehicle by letting them sit with you in the driveway. Next, you can feed them a few meals a week in the car, follow that up with taking a few very short trips, and then slowly introduce longer trips that end in a fun destination!
Does Your Dog Get Car Sick?If you notice that your pet starts to get car sick when they ride in the car, you can talk to your vet about motion sickness medication. Common signs of motion sickness are vomiting, excessive drooling, trembling, and a hunched posture.
Remember to NOT leave your pet in the vehicle alone. Even if it's only warm outside, it can get very hot in a parked car. If the temperature is 78° outside, a car in the shade can get up to 90° and in the sun your vehicle can reach 160°.
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