May is National Pet Month! What better way to celebrate your loving companion than with some pet travel tips for the road trip that may be coming up this summer?! If you’ve got a fun vacation coming up, bringing along your pet can make it even more fun and exciting, but also possibly add some stress. Planning ahead can alleviate some of that and make your trip as relaxing as possible.
- Prep your pet for a long trip – If your pet is not used to car rides, take him or her on a few car rides before leaving for the trip, gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the car each time.
- Prep a pet-friendly travel kit – Include food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. You should also pack a favorite toy or pillow to make the pet feel safe and familiar with their surroundings.
- Do a check-up with your vet – Make sure your pet’s vaccines are up to date and see if there are any additional vaccines needed depending on your trip locations.
- Feed your dog a few hours before leaving – Don’t feed right before leaving or while driving. This can cause your pet to have a bathroom accident.
- Crate your pet while driving – While this isn’t necessary, it is typically a smart idea. It can prevent possible injury to your and your pet if an accident happens.
- If you don’t prefer a crate, it is a good idea to keep your pet in the backset with a harness on so they can’t squirm around.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked car – Especially on a hot day, the car can get hot really quick and be deadly for your pet. And on a cold day, the car can become so cold, freezing your pet to death.
- Plan your route – You should plan to take 15-30 minute breaks every four hours. Allow your pet to get out and exercise and take a bathroom break.
- Book pet-friendly accommodations – If your travel plans require staying in a hotel overnight or for however long, make sure the hotel is pet friendly!
- Once at your destination, maintain your routine – The more you remain consistent with the routine at home, the safer your dog will feel.
If you’ve got a fun trip planned with your pet, these tips can make the trip a breeze! Have fun!