No Planes, No Trains, Just Automobiles

Summer living. Road tripping. You, your besties (including the four-legged ones), and the open road. Whether you’re traveling on Route 66 or the highway to….well…anywhere you want to, make it the best road trip ever. After you’ve planned your route and packed your bags, you’ll want to make preparations for your pet as they travel along with you.

The Best Laid Plans

The best-laid plans for traveling with your pet include organizing and packing for his or her needs just as you do for every other family member. Your plans should include many of your pet’s daily items as well as some that are specific for their use during your summer road trip.

It’s important to your pet’s health to provide them with food and treats they’re used to. You can make serving-size baggies of food for each meal you’ll be away and throw in a couple extra “just in case”. They can be packed in a larger container for easy access while traveling. Your pet’s digestive system will thank you. Travel is not a good time to introduce new foods or treats.

You can also travel with a collapsible water bowl that can be filled with bottled water or tap water brought from home so your pet will stay well-hydrated while you adventure together.

If you’re staying at hotels or campgrounds, make sure your lodgings are pet-friendly and check on the location’s policies for pets and their people.

After you’ve made your plans, it’s time to enjoy your road trip together.

Safety First

While you’re road-tripping, there are several things you can do to ensure the safest trip possible for your pet. Some of these are:

  • Put your pet in a carrier or crate while driving
  • Purchase a harness or other restraint device and use it according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and tags, including your phone number
  • Ensure that all your pet’s vaccinations are up to date
  • Travel with a leash and use it
  • Ensure your pet’s medical records are easily accessible
  • Bring any medications your pet might need
  • Microchip your pet
  • Have pictures of your pet available in case you get separated

There’s No Place Like Home

It’s a good idea to bring a comfort item your pet might have. Their favorite toy or blanket will provide a sense of familiarity in a new location. If possible, you can even bring their bed (unless they sleep in yours), so they have a familiar place to sleep.

Never Should You Ever

Of course, you should never (ever) leave your pet in a hot car. Never. Ever. Never ever. It’s also a good idea to secure your pet’s leash to their collar before they can easily leave your vehicle so they don’t dash away in an unfamiliar area.

Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic

To prepare your pet for this summer’s travels, Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic in Oakdale, MN can ensure their vaccines are current and they’re in good health to travel. Our team wants to provide the best experience possible for your pet and their person. Call us today at 651-202-3388 or email us at  [email protected] so we can help you have the best summer ever.

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