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Trip Tips

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Make this the best trip ever!

Dogs make great traveling companions. They love the wind in their faces, new smells to sniff and places to roam. Whether you choose a weekend getaway or a longer vacation across the country, here are a few tips to make your journey one that you both enjoy!

HAVE IDENTIFICATION – Make sure your furry buddy has a collar with up-to-date tags. But, to ensure your dog is able to be identified, even if his collar is lost, we recommend having your dog microchipped.

LEASH UP – Dogs love to wander and explore but new places can be dangerous for pets. Traffic, new people, and new terrain can pose hazards for your pup. Keep your dog leashed at all times so he can’t wander off or get hurt. 

TAKE BREAKS – Just as you need to stretch and take breaks, so does your pup. Walks and bathroom breaks are important to help keep your dog calm and comfortable. 

EAT & DRINK – Don’t be tempted to treat your pup to restaurant food on the road. Bring along his favorite food, treats and plenty of water. An upset belly isn’t a fun way to spend a road trip. Pack PEDIGREE® Pouch in your bag and feed your travel buddy a great, on-the-go meal.  

TRAVEL SMART – Don’t ever leave your pup in the car alone. Temperatures can reach life-threatening conditions at any time of the year. Be smart and plan ahead so you never have to leave your dog alone.

PLAN AHEAD – Make sure to book pet-friendly accommodations for your trip. Not all hotels are pet friendly so be sure to check the hotel’s policy before you go.

KEEP CALM – Dogs can get over-anxious or excited when traveling. Consider a safety harness or a crate to keep your pup safe and calm while on the road. Medications are also available to help keep your dog relaxed while traveling.

DRIVE SAFE – Keep your pup in the back seat of your vehicle and safely buckled in. Just like children, dogs need to be kept safe on the road too. Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere and air bags can be deadly to a dog in the front seat. Talk to your vet and check out your local pet store for the best safety restraints for your pup.

EASE MOTION SICKNESS – Some dogs can get motion sick while traveling. Consider feeding your dog a few hours before traveling and once you reach your destination. If you need to feed your dog on the road, give him plenty of time to eat and relax before you continue on. You can also speak to your vet about medications to help your dog with his symptoms.

HOME AWAY – Pack your pup’s favorite toys, blanket and bedding for the trip. These comforts of home can help your dog feel safe and entertained during long journeys.

  • When Should You Switch Your Senior Dog to Soft Food?

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    As your dog ages, you’ll likely notice changes in your best pal’s energy levels, routine and even muzzle. Older pets may require adjustments to help them get around, exercise and live their best life as a senior. One important aspect of caring for a dog entering their golden years is diet.

    When it comes to diet, every dog has unique, individual needs, regardless of age. So, there's no one easy answer to the question of soft food versus hard food. Both types of food can provide your dog with the nutrition they need — as long as you feed your dog a high-quality dog food that’s nutritionally balanced and complete.

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    Signs Your Senior Dog May Benefit from Wet Food

    If your dog has very specific health concerns, such as aging joints or weight issues, consult with your vet for more information about what type of food best addresses your dog's needs. That being said, there are a few reasons why you may consider switching your senior dog to soft food.

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    Teeth Sensitivity

    As your dog gets older, their teeth may become more sensitive, which can make chewing kibble more difficult and even uncomfortable. Switching to a soft food can help to alleviate your pet’s oral discomfort when eating.

    However, if your dog is experiencing serious pain at mealtime from a condition like tooth decay or gingivitis, switching to soft food won't remedy the problem. Make sure you talk to your vet about oral care and dental treatment.

    Digestion Aid

    Digestion begins in the mouth with saliva, so if your dog has a tendency to scarf down meals, they may not be adequately chewing the food or adding enough saliva to it. Soft food can aid with digestion because it's more easily chewed.

    Hydration Help

    It’s no surprise that wet food has a higher moisture content when compared to dry kibble. If your senior pup is prone to urinary-tract issues or simply needs a little help staying hydrated, canned dog food may be a good choice.

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    Slower Metabolism

    Aging dogs tend to have a slower metabolic rate compared to their younger years, which puts them at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. Many nutritionally balanced wet dog foods offer high protein content with fewer carbs than dry food, which can benefit older dogs with slower metabolism. Always talk to your vet if you have concerns about your pup’s weight.

    Picky Eaters

    While wet food may be less than appetizing to humans, the opposite is true for dogs! If your aging best friend has started turning their snout up to dry food, wet food tends to be more appealing to picky eaters. Mixing wet food and kibble offers your pup a variety of flavors and textures; try adding wet food as a topper on dry food for a real treat!

    Whether you choose dry food, soft food  or a mix of both, ask your vet before making any transition. And when it's time to switch your dog's food, remember to do it slowly — even if it's the same brand and flavor — to help prevent stomach upset and allow your dog time to adjust.

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