Whether your traveling across country or just going for a quick weekend get-a-way, most dogs love traveling by car with theirowners. Here are a few tips to make sure your dog has a fun, safe trip.
1. Make sure he is secure in the car at all times. Small dogs should be placed in secured dog carriers while large dogs can be placed in the cargo area as long as a wire mesh fence is in place. If the car stops suddenly, you don’t want to launch your dog to the front of the car.
2. Always bring fresh water and snacks for the road trip. The motion of the car could upset his stomach. Giving him small treats or meals throughout the trip may be better then one large meal depending on the dog.
3. Be sure to make potty stops every couple of hours so your dog can also stretch his legs. Try to take him on a ten minute walk so he can get some excerise. This will also help him to remain calm and relaxed during the drive.
4. Don’t let your dog put his head out the window. He should be securely in the car. Debri, dust, stones and strong winds may bother his head possibly causing injury or ear problems.
5. Don’t forget to pack items such as your dogs medicine, dog bed, toys, leash, grooming gear and saftey items (glow or flashing collar). You should also always have a dog first aid kit available in case your dog gets hurt and a recend photo. Always have your dogs current vaccination records on hand, especially his rabies certificate. Most hotels will require these.
6. Make sure his tags are current including his rabies shots. Be sure to have your cell phone number on his tags. Remember, your not home so if he gets lost, no one will be at home to take the call. Be sure to microchip your pet just in case he strays away.
7. Be sure your car has plenty of ventilation. If it’s warm, turn on the air-conditioning or crack a window for fresh air. Never leave your dog in a parked car. Cars heat up fast which can be very dangerous for your dog.