Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM
We are getting close to the summer travel season and for many people that means bring Fido along too. Here are some tips for having the best road trip with your dog:
- Keep dogs safe by having them in a restraint device like a doggie seat belt or crate.
- Get dogs used to riding in the car long before thinking about doing a road trip with them. Start with short trips and gradually work up to the road trip.
- Bring a copy of their medical records and extra medications if they are taking any.
- Pack a dog first aid kit.
- Bring extra of everything- food, water, toys, treats, beds, collar or harness, leashes etc. You may also need to bring their food and water bowls from home as some dogs don’t like to drink or eat out of different dishes.
- If your dog is prone to motion sickness, talk to your veterinarian about things that may be able to help.
- Get your dog microchipped prior to the road trip or make sure your information is current on the microchip. This adds an extra layer of identification just in case they get lost.
- Plan a dog friendly road trip route where your dog can get out of the car frequently to stretch their legs, go to the bathroom, and maybe even play a little bit. Also make sure to plan ahead to find pet friendly lodging along the route.
- Some dogs get bored on a road trip so you may want to bring a special toy, dog puzzle game, or something for them to chew on to keep them entertained.
- Never leave your dog alone in a parked car.
These few tips will help you to have a safe and happy road trip that you and your dog can both enjoy!
Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.