On The Road With Your Pet: Top Tips For Holiday Travel

  • 29/04/2019
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Dont Leave Your Dog Alone.jpgSummers are made for road trips. Packing bags, buying dry-foods, cleaning cars – everything is fun!

But this fun comes with a list of responsibilities when your four-legged companion hops in the car. To be honest, I’ve seen plenty of pet owners don’t want to go on a holiday road trip with their dog.

A report of the American Pet Products Association says that only 37% of pet owners travel with their pet. So, I talked to several pet owners and animal experts to find out the reasons. 

And the reason is ‘lack of knowledge about pet travel’. So, today I’m listing a few pro tips to help you and your pets have a safe and sound journey.

1. What Not to Feed Your Dog:

Food is a big part of a holiday road trip. You know dog foods have comparatively a higher chance of spoilage. Foods high in fat, omega 3s, or fish oils are more likely to spoil. And if you want a turkey on the road, choose the pure meat, not skins or fats.

2. Offer Water Frequently:

Heat stroke is a common scene on road trips. To avoid this problem, make sure that your pet is getting enough water. Pack extra amount of water and stop every couple of hours as a drink break.

3. Bring a Recent Photo of Your Fido:

Anything could happen on a road trip. So, it’s wiser to be prepared for everything. That’s why you should keep a recent photograph of your dog. In case your dog gets lost on the road trip, you can report your lost pet with pawmaw they can help you find your missing pet.

4. Pack the Essentials:

Don’t forget to bring the essential products for your pet. You may follow this checklist –

Ø Regular food

Ø A kennel

Ø Required medications

Ø Dog blankets and/or bed

Ø Poop bags

Ø Water bowl

Ø Protective clothing

Ø Few toys

Ø Vaccination certificates

Ø Updated ID tags with microchips

Ø Flea comb and tick remover, etc.

5.  Don’t Let Your Dog Roam the Car:

Always keep the seatbelt on while the car is on the motion. It’s not only for the dog’s safety; it ensures safety for everyone in the car.

Consumer Reports says that a 60 lb weighted dog travelling at 35mph could be turned into a 2,700 lb. projectile in an accident.

Final Words:

Road trips are fun. And travelling with your dog is even more fun if you can ensure the above tips.

Hit the road now and enjoy the ride together!

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