How to Have the Best Road Trip With Your Dog

Road trips, weekend getaways and mini vacations can be an awesome adventure. Whether it’s a few days at the beach, or visiting with friends or family, many owners get nervous when considering bringing a beloved dog with them. With careful planning and safety precautions, though, the trip can be fun and enjoyable for both you and your dog.

Here’s our best tips for having a safe and fun trip with your dog!

Remember What They’ll Need

When adventuring with your dog, make a check-list of everything they’ll bring before you start packing – this will help ensure you don’t forget anything.

  • A spill proof water bowl can be a lifesaver when in a car. It may be difficult for your dog to drink while you are driving, especially on curvy road. Consider stopping every now and then to allow your dog to drink some water and stretch his or her legs.
  • Bring your dog’s regular food, and don’t be frugal about it. It is better to bring too much food than to bring too little. Don’t rely on supermarket’s and gas stations to have the kind of food your dog likes along the way. An uncomfortable environment can already be difficult enough for a dog, and trying to convince them to eat a new food may be too much. You can always find a wide selection of food at our pet boutique!
  • Bring his or her favorite toys. Often car rides can be scary for pets. Having a comforting toy or blanket is essential to keeping your dog relaxed, and you focused on making the trip.  Longer lasting chew toys can be a particularly worthwhile investment before you go.
  • Bring a leash. Preferably a shorter one for quick walks and a lengthy retractable leash to allow your dog a chance to roam and take out some of their energy.

Talk To Your Vet

Before leaving, be sure to contact your vet, especially if it has been a while since your dogs last check up. Ensure your dog is up to date on his / her vaccines, and check with the vet if there are any specific threats to dogs in the area you are travelling. Ask for recommendations on vets in the area that you are going towards as well, in case something happens while you are traveling. Bring a copy of your pet’s medical records just in case he or she does need to be taken in for care. Be sure to carry extra meds if your dog takes medication.

Golden Retrievers on a Rocky Beach with Road Trip Planning TipStay Somewhere Pet Friendly

If you are staying at a hotel, be sure to check that they allow pets. Consider the size of your pet and the size of the hotel room. Not all hotels allow larger animals to stay, and some may charge additional fees.

Final Tips

If your dog is not micro-chipped already, consider getting him or her chipped. If something happens and your dog gets away it will not be fun. Not only do you not know the area, or the people in the area, you probably have to get somewhere, or get back to your home soon. Additionally, give your dog some extra time before bed to wind down. Being in an unfamiliar place can make it take longer for your pet to fall asleep and get comfortable. Lastly, if you are going anywhere that is very outdoorsy, then bring bug repellent and a tick comb. Check in the middle and at the end of the day for ticks on your dog. This will ensure you catch the tick before it can strike.

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