September 22, 2023 by Pinnacle Vet Clinic
Traveling with a pet can be one of life’s great joys. However, it can sometimes present challenges, such as finding pet-friendly accommodations or stops for potty breaks. In this blog, we’ll offer some recommendations to help you and your furry friend both have a safe and enjoyable time while traveling.
Before hitting the road, make sure your pet is familiar with the car. Take short trips around the neighborhood to acclimate them to the vehicle’s motion and sounds. Gradually increase the duration of these rides to help reduce anxiety.
It’s wise to restrain your pet while driving. You can use a pet seatbelt, a travel crate, or a pet carrier to keep them secure. Make sure the restraint system is comfortable and allows your pet to sit, stand, and turn around without restriction.
If your pet is not fully vaccinated, it is recommended that you do not visit dog parks. This is both for your pet’s safety and the safety of other animals that frequent the area. Dog parks are likely spots for transmitting diseases affecting pets.
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Just like you pack your essentials, don’t forget your pet’s necessities. Bring enough food, water, medications, and their favorite toys or comfort items. Familiar items can provide security and reduce stress during the journey.
Ensure your pet has proper identification. Attach a secure collar with an ID tag that includes your contact information. Additionally, consider getting your pet microchipped as an extra layer of security in case they get lost during the trip.
Plan for regular breaks during your journey to allow your pet to stretch their legs, relieve themselves, and stay hydrated. Look for pet-friendly rest stops and parks where your furry friend can get some exercise and fresh air.
Keep a close eye on the temperature inside the car. Never leave your pet unattended in a hot car, as temperatures can quickly become dangerous. In cold weather, ensure your pet stays warm with blankets or pet sweaters.
If you cannot take your dog on the trip, boarding can be an ideal option. Most dogs experience high levels of anxiety if left home alone. Even if you have someone coming by the house a couple of times per day to take care of them, this arrangement can still be quite stressful for your pet, given the major decrease in socialization time.
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