Long Car Trips With Dogs

There are many times when we like to take our dogs along with us when we travel. It saves the expense and anxiety associated with boarding your pet. Many hotels are “pet-friendly” and will do their best to help your pet’s stay be comfortable. The following are some tips to make your travel time a fun time.

– Keep a collar with necessary identification on your dog at all times. Keep the leash handy as well.

– To make the experience a positive one, plan ahead and take your dog for frequent car rides that end up in a positive place, such as the dog park. It is especially helpful if your dog’s only car rides are associated with disliked places such as the vets or dog groomers.

– Plan rest stops every 2 hours for stretch breaks, walks to use up pent energy, drinks of water and to allow your pet to relieve himself. Keep a supply of plastic bags for waste removal.

– Make a list of several veterinary hospitalsĀ  that are easily accessible along your route and at your destination. Have your dog’s medical records and health certificate with you as well.

– Provide your pet with favorite toys, dog chews, dog bed, water and food bowls and any medications your pet takes. Having new toys may help to keep your dog occupied and interested along the way. Use dog treats sparingly as these may cause stomach upset with the motion of the car.

– Feed your dog a few hours before the trip to avoid possible car sickness.

– Have a pet kennel or crate to carry your pet if needed and to have at your destination.

– A window boot or dog safety seat will add to your dog’s comfort and safety should you turn or stop suddenly.

– Ask your vet about motion sickness medications or those that can calm a hyperactive dog.

If you follow these suggestions, you and your dog will have a safe and comfortable trip. Happy motoring!

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