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Posted on 10-05-2018

Our Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton, CA Shares Tips On How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

If you are planning a road trip and you are planning to bring your pet, you need to plan accordingly. Pets require extra care. Because of this, before pet road trips, there are a few travel tips from our Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton, CA that you should follow.

Dog Ready to go on road trip

Pack Properly

Before leaving for your road trip, chances are you are going to make sure that you have everything that you will need in your suitcase. If you are taking your pet along, you should also make sure that you have everything that he will need. Before heading out, you should have the following items in a bag for your pet.

  • Bottled water
  • Water dish
  • Identification tags
  • A spare leash and collar
  • Poop bags
  • Pre-moistened wipes
  • Pet's medication
  • Bedding
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • 3 day supply of food
  • A copy of your pet's health records

Give Your Pet a Break

When traveling with your pet, you need to think about him while you are on the road. It is a good idea to stop every 6 hours so that he can go to the bathroom, have some water, and eat if it is time. In most cases, your pet won't be able to tell you if he is hungry or needs to go to the bathroom, therefore, you need to stop for him even if you don't need to stop for yourself.

Also, you should make sure that your pet gets 30 minutes of exercise out of the car each day. This is the best way to keep him calm when you get back on the road.

Choose Your Hotel Wisely

If you are planning to stop to sleep each night, you need to choose your hotel wisely. First, you need to choose a hotel that is pet-friendly. Not every hotel is willing to accept pets. There are some hotels that will charge you more money to bring your pet along. It is best to book your hotels in advance so that you can find the most pet-friendly hotels along your route. If you don't want to call around to several different hotels, you can visit BringFibo.com or GoPetFriendly.com. Both of these sites will help you find pet-friendly hotels along your route.

Secure Your Pet In Their Seat

While your pet may love to sit in the front seat and hang their head out the window, it is not safe if you are driving long distance on the highway. If your pet is unrestrained and you need to slam your breaks on or if you are in an accident, your pet can be seriously injured. The safest way to travel with your pet is to fit him in a safety harness that clips to the seat belt in the middle of the backseat. You can also put your pet in a carrier and keep it strapped in the back seat. Just be sure that the carrier is well-ventilated.

Never Leave Your Pet In the Car Alone

When traveling with your pet, you should never leave him in the car alone. If you are taking a road trip during the winter and you need to leave your pet in the car while you eat or go into a store, you should leave the heat on so that he doesn't get cold. If you are traveling during the summer, leave the air conditioner on so that he doesn't get too hot. Even if it is only 70 degrees outside, within 30 minutes in the sun, it can feel like 104 degrees in the car. You need to pay attention to the temperature or download a copy of the Car Temperature Pet Safety Chart.

Contact Our Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton, CA Today!

If you have any questions regarding preparing for your trip, you should contact Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton, CA at 209-477-3926. Not only can you get some useful information, but the veterinarian can also update your pet's shots before your trip.  

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