Road Trip Tips for Pets
At Logel’s Auto Parts, we can’t wait for the warm spring weather! Whether you’re enjoying a short day trip or a multi-day excursion, it’s the perfect time of year to take a road trip.
If you don’t want to leave your pet at home for your next road trip, here are some suggested tips to keep them safe and happy during your journey!
Get a Checkup
Before heading out on a long road trip, you should always make sure your pet has a checkup with the veterinarian. This will ensure that your pet is up-to-date with all of their vaccinations and that they’re prepared for any flea, tick or heartworm risks. Your vet will also be able to help you with car sickness, diarrhea and restlessness remedies if these are a concern. And if you don’t have your pet microchipped, doing so just before a road trip is a great idea.
Pack the Essentials
It’s not enough to jump in the car with your dog and hit the road — they require a lot of stuff when you take them on vacation. Make sure you have the following when taking your pet on a road trip:
- Food, treats and drinking water
- Food & water bowls
- Proof of vaccinations and health records (especially if camping at a campground or entering a national park)
- ID tags
- Photos of your pet in case you become separated
- Paper towels and carpet cleaner for messes
- Old towel in case of rain
- Pet bed
- A toy or two
- Medications, vitamins, etc.
- First aid kit
- Plastic bags
Prepare Your Pet for the Long Drive
If your pet isn’t used to long periods of time in a car, you should consider getting them accustomed to it before embarking on your long road trip. In the weeks leading up to your departure, take your pet on a series of drives, lengthening the time of each trip. This will help them get used to being in the car for a long time.
Keep Your Pets Secure
If you’re taking a road trip with your pet, you should never let them sit in the front seat or roam around in the back of the car. Instead, consider a well-ventilated crate or a small carrier to keep them secure. For especially long trips, consider a crate large enough for your pet to sit, stand, lie down and turn around. You can also consider a harness in the back seat. Whatever you do, don’t let your pet sit up front with their head outside the window.
Before you head out on the road this spring with your pet, make sure you’re prepared for spring driving conditions. Get our tips for safe spring driving.