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8 TIPS FOR TAKING A ROAD TRIP WITH YOUR PET

Posted on May 15, 2018 under Dog Articles on PetsBest.com

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Imagine driving for three days, staying at two hotels and covering 1,383 miles with a 60-pound dog and a meow-happy cat. And, then a week later, repeating this trek to return home. Does that sound like your dream road trip? Surprisingly, it was for me!

Latest national pet surveys indicate more than 70 percent of people take their dogs – and yes, even some travel-savvy cats – on road trips.

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov via Pexels

8 TRIED-AND-TESTED TIPS FOR ROAD TRIPPING WITH PETS
To keep your sanity and to keep your pets safe during those long hours of driving, here are 8 tried-and-tested tips. Plus, be sure to download your Pet Road Trip Checklist to help you prepare for the journey!

1. Pack with a purpose

Keep pet travel essentials in your vehicle. My must-have list include a water bowl, bottled water, extra leash and collar with identification tags, poop bags, an old towel, pre-moistened wipes, a basic first-aid kit, necessary medications, a copy of health records, bedding, treats, one or two favorite toys and at least a 3-day supply of food inside resealable plastic bags or containers.

2. Don’t be a road warrior

If you are traveling by yourself, take a break every couple of hours and check if your pets need a bathroom break or water. I limited myself to eight hours behind the wheel each day and always left an hour or two before the morning rush hour.

3. Select hotels that that don’t take a big bite out of your wallet

Book hotel stays in advance by using pet-friendly websites like BringFido.com and GoPetFriendly.com. But be sure to call the hotel directly, too. You may save a bit by booking direct.

4. Park your pet while you drive

Do not allow your dog to ride in the front passenger seat or in your lap or allow him to stick his head out the window. An unrestrained 60-pound dog becomes a 2,700-pound projectile in a sudden stop or an accident at 35 miles per hour. Depending on the size of your dog, fit him in a pet safety harnesses securely clipped into a seatbelt in the middle seats or place him inside pet carriers, also fastened in place. In our trip, my dog was harnessed in the back of the SUV and my cat was inside a well-ventilated cat carrier tethered to a seat belt in the middle seat.

5. Purchase pet insurance

Nothing takes the fun out of a vacation like an unexpected expense or injury. Treating a broken leg can cost $2,000 to $5,000. Pet insurance helps you prepare for the unexpected. The best part is that you can use any vet in the U.S. with Pets Best coverage. So if you’re just passing through and an emergency happens, you don’t have to worry about using a different veterinarian.

6. Tap into technology

With the swipe of your finger, you can obtain instant access to your pet’s medical records, locate the nearest emergency veterinary hospital and receive step-by-step audio and print instructions for pet first-aid by downloading the Pet Tech PetSaver App or other similar ones. Pets Best customers can access their policy’s included 24/7 Pet Helpline for questions and tips for keeping their pet’s healthy during road trips too!

7. Dine at odd times

Try to dine at pet-permitting restaurants and outdoor cafes during off peak times, such as mid-morning or late afternoon. Weekdays are usually quieter than weekends. Be sure to have exercised your dog with a brisk 30-minute walk before dining to help calm him down. Request a table in an out-of-the-way corner. Tether your dog’s six-foot or four-foot leash securely under one of your chair legs to keep him from disturbing other diners.

8. Paw it forward

Set a good example for the next person traveling with his or her pet. Have your dog be in a sit-stay when you check in at the front desk. Abide by the pet rules and always leave a generous tip for the housekeeping staff – especially if you have a shedding dog like mine. These gestures create a positive impression that will benefit other pet lovers.

[Bonus tip: Make sure a lost pet can be returned you by protecting him or her with a permanent microchip ID, like a HomeAgain microchip.]

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If you plan to travel with your pet this summer (or any other time), you may be making a list of things to pack for your furry traveling companion.

But there may be things you haven’t considered — and knowing about them could make the trip safer and more enjoyable for you and your dog or cat.

Dr. Samantha Nelson, of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, has created a list of 26 tips for traveling with your pet.

Check them out on BluePearl’s client blog:   https://bluepearlvet.com/blog/26-tips-for-traveling-safely-with-your-pets

Bonus Links:

Find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and more:   https://www.aaa.com/pettravel

Is your pet up-to-date on vaccines? Learn why he should be, before leaving town: https://littlecreekvet.com/2010/11/15/holiday-travel-series-part-4

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Travel Tips brochure available at our office.

Travel Tips brochure available at our office.

Going somewhere?

Check with us to make sure your pet is up-to-date on recommended vaccinations and parasite control.

Whether you bring Fido and Fluffy along for the ride, drop them off at the kennel, or hire a pet sitter, you’ll need to know if their vaccines are current — and you may need written proof. For pets travelling by airplane, a health certificate may also be required for entry into the destination state or country.

Don’t wait until the last minute to find out your pet isn’t ready for travel or kenneling — call us 1 to 2 weeks in advance of departure.

Another great idea: Get your pet a permanent microchip ID like HomeAgain, in case it escapes the car, the kennel, or the casa.

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You see this dog?

Yes, that’s the one. 

Where do you suppose he’s going?

And why does he look so happy?

Maybe it’s because…

…he lives in a vineyard in Sicily.

And this is his view down the steps:

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, with your favorite furry companion by your side, where would you be?

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All photos by Jennifer Miele.

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AAA and PetSpot logos property of AAA

     Just in time for the summer travel season, AAA dropped into my mailbox with news of its pet-centric website PetSpot.  PetSpot is the place to go for tips on keeping your four-legged friends safe during car and air travel; how to handle pet emergencies on the road; signs you may be obsessed with your pet, and much more fun and informative news.  Plus there’s even an opportunity for your pet to be featured on the cover of AAA’s next PetBook.

     You don’t have to be a member of AAA to access the website, but membership does have its privileges.  Barnes & Noble.com offers discounts to AAA members toward the purchase of pet-related books.  And you can even save money on Kurgo harnesses to keep your pet safely strapped in during a car ride.
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     P.S.  —
I’ve been a member of AAA for as long as I’ve been driving, and I’ve been glad to have someone to call when my car conks out on the road.  I’ve also enjoyed taking advantage of special discounts at participating historic properties and other touristy sites.  If you’ve been thinking about joining, now is a good time to sign up.  ~~  Jen

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