It’s summer vacation and it is time to take the show on the road. Your furry friend will have a great time if you follow these roadtrip tips.
Keep Them Restrained
First and foremost, we want to make sure you and your pet are safe and secure. Safety belts are mandatory for you, but what about Fido? Yes, you should restrain your dog in the car. Just like you would put your kid in a car seat, you need to put your dog either in a crate, a dog car seat or a harness with dog seat belt lead depending on the size of your pooch. An unrestrained pet can cause an accident and an accident can propel your best friend through the windshield. Do your buddy a solid and get a safe riding situation for them when they are traveling even short distances with you.
Keep Them From Getting Lost
Before you leave home, make sure your pup’s microchip information is up to date and they are up to date on their medical treatments and shots. Bring a copy of their medical records with you just in case.
Make sure you have a well-fitting harness for your dog. Unfamiliar surroundings on a routine stop could spook even the most stable dog and they may take off running. A good harness will make them feel secure and show everyone that they are your special friend who has a good home, just in case they do get lost.
Keep Them Cool
Hot weather is a danger for everyone, but most especially for your little friend. Bring along lots of water. Most importantly, never leave your fur baby in the car. Not just for a few minutes, not even in the shade, not even with the windows cracked. Dogs die in hot cars every year and it is a preventable tragedy.
Plan Your Stops
For longer car rides or road trips that require multiple stops or an overnight stay and to avoid the hot car tragedy, be sure to take your pet into consideration of your itinerary. For overnight stays, don’t forget to book a hotel that is dog friendly. A good dog carrier purse can help you transport your little buddy in style during the day so you can keep them with you, but big dogs may be a bit more difficult to take with you, so the hotel may be the best option for them.
All in all, traveling with your dog can be fun as long as you are prepared. Let us know some of your tips in the comments.