When traveling there are three options for your pets: coming with you on a road trip, staying at home with a pet sitter, or boarding. So how do you decide which is the best option?
Think about what you’ll be doing on the trip and what will be best for your pet keeping their safety a priority, and talk to your veterinarian about specific concerns. No matter what you decide, keep these things in mind:
- Keep proper ID on your pet (collar, tags, microchip) with a phone number that you can be reached on during your trip
- Have vet records including proof of rabies vaccinations
Today we’ll focus on road trips (who doesn’t love those?!)
- Use a pet carrier – Dogs and cats will be safer in the car, and will keep you from going off course. Make sure to acclimate your pet to the carrier before your trip.
- Pack a travel kit – Bring food, a bowl, a leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, treats and any travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
- Keep those heads inside – Dogs love to hang their heads out the window but it can be dangerous from debris or cold air forced in their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.
- Get some rest – stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and use the restroom, always on a leash with their collar and ID.
- Travel with a friend – Share the driving duties and make sure someone can stay with the pets if you make a stop
- NEVER leave a pet alone in car – the temp heats up in no time, 72 degrees = 116 degrees in an hour. 85 degrees turns into 102 in 10 minutes
Want to learn more? You can find even more travel tips here.