America’s love for dogs is getting stronger and stronger. In 2017, there were 89.7 million dogs living in household as pets. Our furry companions make life more joyful. Now that summer is approaching it is time to plan your next road trip with your best friend! With a little bit of planning, patience and a lot of love, your vacation will go smoothly!
- Check with the vet. Since he knows Fido good enough and holds his medical record, he’s the best person to talk to about your plans. You can also consider purchasing an identification microchip for your pet before a road trip. These chips are embedded beneath your dog or cat’s skin and provide your contact information. If Fido does run off, the chances of getting him back will be higher. While you’re at the vet, it is also a good idea to get a record of any vaccinations your pet has received, and any medication that might be needed for the trip.
- Get the right equipment. The two best ways to travel with your pet inside of your car are with harnesses and crates. Check out this list of top performing harness for your dog here.
- Few weeks before the big trip, start taking your pet on short car rides. This way, you can try out your travel equipment and see how great your dog is doing in a moving car.
- Plan wisely your itinerary by looking for dog-friendly-stops. You can use com, a road trip planner that will list all of the dog-friendly hotels, campgrounds, restaurant, activities and more. They also list beaches and off-leashes parks, veterinarians and pet supply stores. Just to give you an idea, experts suggest stopping every two hours to let your pet walk around and relieve itself. Best way to prevent pet accidents and discomfort!
- Pack his belongings! Collar, leash, food, water, bowls, medications, blankets and pillows. Everything to make him feel safe.
+ If you were looking for a pet-friendly new ride, check out the best cars for dogs.
Why is it important to restrain your dog in the car
Unrestrained pets can become missiles, injuring you or your passengers. An 80-pound pet colliding with your seat at 30 mph exerts 2,400 pounds of force. Unrestrained pets can also be ejected into traffic, endangering themselves and other motorists.
On the road
- Some dogs get very excited to be in the car. You know, the jowls and ears flapping in the breeze kind of happiness. Right before hitting the road, take him on a nice walk to relax him.
- Make him feel comfortable and safe. To do so, make sure that his harness is tighten and fits properly.
- Act like usual. Do not use the sad nor apological voice. Stay positive and calm.
- Turn off power windows!
- Try to stop ~ every 2 hours. When stopping, always keep an eye on him and never leave him unattended inside of your car. Many dogs die each year because of heatstroke. More and more places are making it illegal to leave a pet in a hot car. If you leave your pet inside you might come back to a car with a broken window, no pet, and a police officer with handcuffs waiting for you!
- Give him snacks that are high in proteins.
Enjoy your trip 🐶