How to Prepare for Your First Road Trip with Your Pet
Successful pet road trips are all about preparation. It’s possible to travel with your dog and even some travel-savvy cats. With some travel tips from All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar, you can be well on your way to a successful trip with your furry friend.
Depending on how long you are staying, you want to make sure you bring along water, food, medications, bowls, a leash, ID tags and collar, dog bed, and your dog’s favorite toys.
Think about a Kennel
According to vets, the safest place for your dog to ride in the car is in a crate or kennel. If you think your dog will put up with it, and you have the room, then set this up before the trip.
If you don’t want to bring the kennel then you should make sure your dog is secure during the ride. It’s annoying and unsafe if your dog is wandering throughout the vehicle while you are driving. Order a pet harness or seat belt online to keep your pet safe. Keep in mind your pet should also be in his or her own seat and not in someone’s lap.
Do Your Research
You should research online to see what hotels and restaurants on the route can accommodate your pets so you can take a break from the road.
You shouldn’t plan to feed your pet breakfast then get in the car for a long day. Ideally, your dog should eat three to four hours before you begin driving and drink a normal amount of water since you don’t want to be stuck in the car with a gassy passenger.
Give an Activity
Pets can’t play road trip games with you but they should have their own activities. A chew toy or bone is enough to keep them entertained for a bit. You should also give your dog a walk on a leash every time you stop.
Visit Your Veterinarian
Before you go on a trip, you should visit our veterinarian in Del Mar for some additional travel tips. It’s also important to have your dog microchipped since you never know when your pet could bolt during a rest stop. You should also talk to the vet about nausea since it could be a problem on pet road trips. Make an appointment today at All Creatures Hospital by calling us at (858) 481-7992.