5 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Road Trip
For some pet owners, summer road trips are only made better by bringing their canine family member along. If you can’t imagine leaving home without your pup, you’ll want to make sure your pet’s journey goes just as smoothly and safely as yours. Follow these five tips provided by Pet Health Zone to help keep your dog safe while on the road.
Visit your Veterinarian
If your dog requires medication, have enough on hand to last for the duration of your trip. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date, and ask your veterinarian if there are any additional vaccinations recommended for your destination or along the way. You’ll also want to make sure your dog’s tag or microchip includes your current contact information in case you become separated.
Pack a Travel Kit
Make it easy to access everything you need for your pet inside your vehicle by gathering all the items into a dedicated container. Your dog will need food, a leash, medications, a first-aid kit and his favorite toy or blanket. You may also want to bring along protective clothing, insect repellent, sunscreen, or flea and tick medication, depending on your destination. Make sure you have plenty of bottled water for you and your dog. Drinking water from a new area can cause an upset stomach.
Use a Crate
You may enjoy seeing your dog stick his head out the window to catch the summertime breeze, but don’t risk injury by letting your pet move freely inside your vehicle. It’s important to use a crate or carrier that is secured to your vehicle to safely transport your pet. It should be large enough for your dog to stand, sit and move around easily.
Book Pet-Friendly Accommodation
Whether you stay at a hotel, a campsite, or even at a friend or family member’s home along the way, make sure ahead of time that it is pet-friendly. Some hotels don’t always accept pets, campsites often have pet restrictions, and your friend or family member may be allergic. Plan your lodging in advance to ensure there are no surprises.
NEVER Leave Your Dog Alone
It is never safe to leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even for a few minutes. The summer sun can be especially harsh and your dog could suffer from heatstroke, even when the windows are down. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a particularly hot day for the interior of a vehicle to rise to extreme temperatures, so don’t risk it.
Wherever your road trip may take you, RBFCU Insurance Agency wishes you and your four-legged family member safe travels. When it comes to protecting what matters most, don’t wonder if you’re covered. Just ask. We can help keep you, your pet and your car protected with the right auto insurance policy.
Information in this article is general in nature and for your consideration, not as financial advice. Please contact your own financial professionals regarding your specific needs before taking any action based upon this information.
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