Some road trips require companions of another breed. If you want a weekend getaway this season that includes your dog or cat, follow these guidelines for a safe, memory-filled expedition:
Like you would yourself, pack food, water, bowls, treats, medications, leashes, poop bags, and any other accessory you anticipate using.
Use a Kennel or Seatbelt
Even if your pet knows how to be in the car, don’t risk unsafe behavior (no one drives well with Fido in his lap). Consider putting your pet in a kennel for the long haul. At the very least, order a pet seat or harness to keep your friend safely strapped in.
Visit a Vet
Before hitting the road, make an appointment at your veterinarian’s office. If your pet isn’t microchipped, have this done to make sure the worst doesn’t happen. If nothing else, you want to know your friend is healthy enough to be away from home for an extended period.
Do Your Research
If you plan to stay in a hotel, check out sites like dogfriendly.com or bringfido.com and figure out which places accommodate pets.
Remember to Feed
Many pets will get sick if they eat right before a drive. Plan for this, and feed your dog or cat several hours before the trip (no heavy food). Let your pet drink enough water but not so much that hours on the road will be tricky.
While puppies might need to stop once an hour to use the restroom, older pets can take two or three hours between breaks. Make sure to stop in a secluded safe area, and please, never stop along the side of the road.
So maybe crossword puzzles and Mad Libs won’t do it, but consider a chew toy or bone for the drive. Because no one likes sitting for hours with nothing to keep busy. Also, when you stop for bathroom breaks, consider a 10-minute walk. This activity might give Snowflake room to nap.
Plan for Stomach Upset
Car sickness is no joke, and you don’t want to be unprepared for spontaneous eruptions. Ask your vet about OTC medications for car sickness and keep a close eye on your pet. Excessive gagging or drooling can mean sickness is on its way, so keep a towel or wipes handy just in case.
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