Trip Tips

Hitting the Road Together: 10 Tips

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.

 

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