Are you planning on taking your best friend with you on your next trip? Vacationing with a pet can be fun if you plan ahead. Here are a few tips on traveling with your dog or cat that will help to make some special memories along the way.
There are a few things that you should consider before you head out on the open road with your pet. Has your dog or cat ever traveled with you before? How do they handle being in a vehicle for a long period of time? You may want to get some advice from your veterinarian on ways to make it easier for both of you before heading out.
Of course, keeping your pet safe during travels is most important. After all, they are your kids and should be treated as such. For long trips, it is a good idea to keep them restrained in case of a car accident, or if you are forced to slam on your brakes in an emergency situation. A carrier for smaller animals or a pet seat belt for larger ones will ensure their safety and give you peace of mind as well.
Be sure to pack essential supplies for your pet such as food, treats, and plenty of water in a spill-proof bowl. This is especially important if heat is an issue. It is also a great idea to bring along their favorite toy or bedding that will help them to feel as comfortable as possible. A Kong toy is a great idea to help keep their minds busy during long travels.
It is also vitally important to remember to never leave your pet in a hot car, even for a minute. There have been way too many recent deaths from owners leaving them in an overheated vehicle. As you are planning your trip, make sure that the places that you are going to are all pet-friendly, as well as the stops in between.
In addition, be prepared to make frequent stops to let him or her go to the bathroom, and also to let them stretch and play. Making it a fun time for your pet will also help to make it a pleasant time for you as well.