How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet
Now that summer is approaching, you and your family may be getting ready to pack up the car and hit the road for some adventures. What if the family you’re bringing along now includes pets? Pet road trips require some special planning. Here are some travel tips from your veterinarians in Del Mar:
See Your Veterinarian for a Checkup
Your veterinarian can ensure that pets are healthy enough for the trip, and provide any needed medications, such as for car sickness. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current. Get a copy of the record to bring with you in case it’s needed.
Important--if your pet isn’t microchipped, this is the ideal time to do it. If pets run away, microchipping can be the difference between reuniting or losing them forever. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure that your contact information is up to date.
Of course, you need to book pet-friendly hotels. Call ahead and ask about their policies, such as whether you can leave your pet in the hotel room for short periods. If you leave your pet in the room, they should be in a crate or carrier, with a Do Not Disturb sign on the door. Plan a schedule for your pet road trips, with frequent exercise breaks for your pet along the route.
Packing for Your Pets:
- Vaccination record
- Supply of your dog or cat’s food and treats in case they’re hard to find on the road
- Portable food and water dishes
- Phone number for your veterinarian in Del Mar
- Photos of your pets in case they become lost
- Pet’s bed and toys
- Dog crate or cat carrier
- Plastic waste bags
- Long and short leashes, collar, ID tags
- Finally, always use a car safety restraint, crate or carrier for your pet.
Contact Your Del Mar Veterinarians Today
At All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar, we provide a compassionate, friendly environment with state-of-the-art treatment for your pets. Book your appointment with our veterinarians today at (858) 481-7992.