If your next road trip includes taking your dog, it’s important to make sure you’re both properly prepared. Just as you would make sure you have everything you need for yourself and your child, you also need to make sure you have all of the necessary supplies for your dog too. In addition to supplies, it’s important to have the proper safety restrictions and to give your pet time to adjust to long car rides.


Ready For the Road

If you know there’s a long car trip in your pet’s future, it’s important to start getting them acclimated to riding in the car for long periods of time. Begin with introducing them to your car and either their seatbelt harness or crate that they will be traveling in. Take them on short rides and build up time in the car leading up to the departure of your long road trip.


It’s also important to gather all of the necessary documents and identification for your pet before you leave. It’s always a good idea to have a copy of your pet’s vaccine records, especially their rabies certificate, if you’ll be crossing state borders or driving into Canada. You also want to make sure your pet is microchipped with your updated contact number and address, in case they get lost. In addition to microchipping, keep updated identification tags with appropriate contact information on their collar. Nobody wants to think about losing their four-legged family member, but it’s best to prepare for worst case situations.


In Route to Your Destination

On the day of your big trip, remember to pack all of your dog’s necessities like you packed your own bag. A list of things to remember include food, with an extra day or meal’s worth of rations in case travel delays occur, plenty of water, bowls for food and water, your pet’s leash, waste bags, any medication the dog needs, including anxiety medication or sedatives for the trip, and an appropriate first-aid kit. Just as you would let your child bring their favorite toy, let your pet bring their favorite toy or pillow so they have a sense of familiarity while away from home.


Make sure to also invest in an appropriately sized crate for your pet to travel in; it should be large enough for them to stand up and comfortably lay down in. You can also invest in a travel harness that attaches to your vehicle’s seat belt to keep them restrained while the vehicle is in motion.


Tips and Reminders

If your four-legged companion isn’t used to traveling by car for long periods of time, feed them a small amount of food at meal time. Some dogs get nervous or may get motion sickness in the new environment. 


Finally, be sure to never leave your dog in an unattended parked vehicle. Even with the windows rolled down, your vehicle can turn into an oven in the summer and lead to your pet suffering from heat stroke or worse.


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