Road Trips With Pets: Preparation is Key

If you have children, you know how trying a road trip can be. Children waste no time in letting you know they are either hungry, sick or bored. You do everything in your power to make them as comfortable and entertained as possible. Do you do the same when you take a pet on a road trip?

Many people do not realize that pets need the same preparation and care as children in order to ensure a smooth ride and a content pet. Here are some tips for making your pet’s travel experience a positive one.

Pets need familiarity. They get anxious and sometimes frightened by new places and strange sounds, such as a car engine. Your pet will be more content and comforted if you bring along his favorite toy and a familiar blanket. Make a little bed for him on the floorboard in the back seat, and he will be better able to rest or sleep.

Be sure you pack any supplies your pet may need while you are on the road. Of course, he will need food and food dishes. You can bring water from home in a jug or bottle for quick drinks. An old towel may come in handy for quick wipe-ups, as pets often get car-sick.

Just like humans, pets need frequent rest stops in order to stretch their legs, eat, drink and get a potty break! Be sure to bring a leash, as most rest stops require pets to be leashed. Walking your pet can also give you a chance to move around and get in some walking. It is not good to sit for extended periods of time, including during car travel. 

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