With summer approaching soon I’m sure your dog is just as excited as you are to get a chance to ride shotgun seat again. Traveling with your pet is fun, but there are a few very important tips you should keep in mind before venturing to far from home.
Fido shouldn’t miss out on any meals , so make sure you bring along his regular pet food. Stress and a change in diet can cause gastric upset. Stress also causes dehydration, therefore you should keep a water bowl with fresh water near so they can replenish themselves as needed.
You should never leave the house if your dog doesn’t have proper identification. Check you pups tags and make sure your cell phone number or address is readable, it’s very common for lettering to fade.
Did you know that if you cross state lines you are required to have a copy of your dogs health certificate? Animal control officers may request to see it incase of an emergency.
It is also a good idea to keep copies of your dogs medical records on hand, especially during an emergency, or if your dog is taking medications or is prone to seizures. A veterinarian unfamiliar with your pet is NOT allowed to prescribe any medication without an examination or blood work first. Although, if the vet has Fido’s records, he would then be legally allowed to prescribe medication.
Just like us, our dog appreciates comporting items, so bring their unwashed bed and a few toys. The smell of home will ease some of the stress that arises during long trips.
Everyone loves to have their dog in their lap or in the front seat while driving, but it can be very dangerous. Airbags deploy at speeds over 200 MPH, that is enough force to push a small dog into the body cavity of the lap that they are sitting on. It is best for your dog to be in the back of your in a secure crate, or at least restrained in the back seat.
Have you ever been on the highway and a rock flies up and chips your windshield? Imagine what this could do to your dogs eyes and face. Cracking the window is fine, just do not open it to far. Your dogs head should stay inside the vehicle!
Always stop frequently at rest areas. Not only do you feel sore and cramped, so does your best friend. Take a chance to let Fido go to the bathroom and stretch his legs. Be aware of your surroundings though, do not let your pet out of the car until they are securely leashed. Most rest stops are by busy roads, god forbid they run onto the highway. Another thing to keep in mind is on a hot day, every hour the temperature in your car will rise on average 40 degrees. Do not leave your pet unattended!
I know it is a lot to remember, but by taking time to prepare beforehand will make you better equipped to handle any situation that might arise.
Citations: Traveling With Pets, Mary Oquendo