Road trips with pets can be a fun and rewarding experience, but they can also be challenging. As spring and summer roll around, we know you probably have many trips planned ahead. If you are preparing to bring your furry friend along for the ride, here are some tips for traveling with your pet(s):
- Plan Ahead: Before embarking on a road trip with your pet, it is vital to manage expectations. You should research pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and rest stops along the way. Make sure to pack enough food, water, medication, and toys for your pet.
- Prepare Your Vehicle: Your pet's safety and comfort is just as important as yours during the trip. With that being said, it is best to bring a crate or carrier for your pet and secure it in the back seat with a seatbelt or harness. Make sure it doesn't slide around.
- Take Frequent Breaks: Just like humans, pets need to stretch their legs and go potty during a long road trip. Plan to take frequent breaks every few hours so your pet can get out of the car, stretch their legs, and use the restroom. Of course, avoid leaving them in a hot car, as that is a common mistake people make.
- Account for Motion Sickness: Some pets may experience motion sickness during a road trip. You should talk to your veterinarian about ways to prevent or manage motion sickness, such as medication or adjusting feeding schedules.
- Be Prepared for Emergencies: Emergencies can happen at any time, so it is important to be prepared. Bring a first aid kit for your pet, and ensure they have a copy of their medical and vaccination records. You should also research the location of the nearest emergency veterinarian along your route.
We hope you have a fun time with your animal companion on the road! For pre-trip inspections, turn to the local auto experts at River City Tire & Automotive.