Cool days of fall approach and thoughts of road trips emerge as the weather brings beautiful fall colors to trees. Is traveling with your pet a good idea? It can be with a few plan ahead tips.
Visit your vet to make sure Fido or Fluffy are up to date on all shots and have no health issues that a car trip would make worse. If a pet takes any meds, make sure your vet supplies you with enough for your trip duration. While at the vet, get a copy of the pet’s health records in case of an emergency. And in case of an emergency, research vets along your route or at your destination so you have a contact name and number if a pet emergency occurs.
Make sure your pet has a pet ID tag on his collar. Attach all contact information to the carrier or crate, too. Many pet owners choose to have pets microchipped in case one is lost. FurCode also has a scannable collar code that can provide instant information on pet ownership. Bring an extra leash, harness or other usual walking tools in case one becomes damaged. Apply a dose of flea preventative if needed, and spray your car, too just in case an unwelcome guest hops aboard.
Pack the pet’s favorite toys, blankets, treats and food bowls to help provide home comforts. Travel with a crate or carrier even if your pet is usually ok in the car. Cats should almost always be kept in their carriers; dogs need an optional place to keep them away from the driver if they become too excited. Wash pt bedding at some pont during the trip. Fido needs clean sheets, too.
Before taking off on a long trip, do a short test drive with pets, especially if they are not seasoned travelers. If a problems happens, such a nausea or vomiting, you have time to visit the vet for advice or anit-nausea meds.
Never leave you pet alone in the car. Even in cooler weather the inside of a car can overheat in just a few minutes, killing a pet. Pets left in a car are also an open invitation to petnapping or injury.
Stop frequently, especially for doggie breaks. Be sure to look for appropriate bathroom areas for dogs, and clean up after your pet. Many places have laws and you may be the one caught and fined.
Always offer the pup some water at every stop. Keep solid food on a regular schedule as much as possible, but be cautious about feeding a large meal right before starting out each day. Give food some time o settle.
Make sure your accommodations are pet friendly. Even if an online site says so, a call ahead is a good idea. Some places size restrict animals that are welcome. You may want to bring along some room flea spray and treat the carpet before your pet enters. Allow some time for the carpet to dry. You never know what creepy crawlies were on previous four legged guests.
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