Spring break is the ideal time to make memories with your family and furry best friend. Road trips are as much fun as the destination. Although it may seem like a lot of work and responsibility to take your dog on the road trip, you’ll feel relieved that you didn’t leave them behind. With the following tips, you can load up and begin an enjoyable road trip next to your canine best friend.
Full disclaimer, Spring break may have been postponed but we can still keep planning. And now we just have a little more time to get the pets road ready right?
Contact the vet for a check-up
If it’s been a while since the last check-up, contact your vet 30 days before the road trip. Your dog should be up to date with all vaccinations and preventive medication for heartworm, ticks, and fleas. You want your furry friend to enjoy the road trip as well, without worrying he’ll get sick or bringing your road trip to a quick end.
Ask for updated records of your vet before the road trip in case there’s an emergency. To avoid losing your dog when he strays away, get a microchip and print your phone number on the collar.
Map out your route for pet-friendly stops
Dogs are generally active, and for some, like German Shepherds or husky/shepherd mixes, they have a lot of energy. As such, ensure you locate pet-friendly destinations where your dog can stretch his legs and empty his bowels.
You understand your dog’s routine best; to avoid discomfort, stop every three to four hours after feeding them for a bathroom break.
As you pack your necessities, remember to include doggy essentials. It is wise to have a pet emergency kit during your road trip, as they can experience injuries. Accidents happen, and while your vet may be far away, you want to be in a position to help your canine best friend.
If you and your dog sustain injuries on the road due to another driver’s fault, consult with an accident lawyer to get compensation. The emergency kit includes other dog essentials like pet wipes, collapsible dishes, two leashes, poop bags, and a collar.
Get your dog tired before the trip
Your furry friend should be able to relax in the car so that you can also enjoy the road trip instead of trying to keep him calm. Before you commence your road trip, take your dog for a morning run or to the dog park to play with other dogs. When your dog expels most of his energy early in the day, he can remain calm throughout the journey and exercise a little during your rest breaks.
Ensure accommodation is pet-friendly
If you’re going to be spending the night in a hotel or motel, check with them before to ensure they allow pets. You can call in or check online to avoid disappointments during check-ins. Check online reviews for any pet fees, policies, and restrictions. Canine concierges can also take away the burden of calling multiple hotels by booking you one that is pet-friendly and will meet all your needs.
Take time this spring to enjoy quality time with your canine best friend by going on a road trip. If you’ve traveled with your dog before, use your previous knowledge to prepare for your next trip. Ensure that your dog is in perfect health and up to date with all vaccines. Get them to exercise before the road trip and pack essentials. To avoid disappointments, ensure that every stop on the way and accommodation is dog-friendly.