Summer Travel Tips for Pets

Summer Travel Tips for Pets

Thinking about taking a road trip with Fido this summer?  Before you pack your bags and head out on the open road, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when traveling with your pets. Make sure to bring food and water from home.  The last thing you want is digestive problems when you're on the open road.  As for dishes, you can either bring your pet's regular dishes from home or pack convenient travel dishes available at any pet retail store.

Call ahead to make sure pets are allowed.  A lot of places do not allow pets.  Make sure it's OK to bring your furry companion.  One site that will be helpful in planning a pet-friendly vacation is, where you can search for hotels, restaurants, activities, events and services that are available at your travel destination.

Attach name tags to your pet's collar.  If your pet already has a name tag, make sure all of the information is up to date and readable.

Remember to pack a leash.  Make sure to attach the leash to your dog's collar before you open the door for your pet's safety.

Bring toys for your pet.  You'll want to keep your pet entertained while you are in the car.  Also, if there is a safe place to stop and let your dog stretch its legs, having a ball on hand will give you the chance to play fetch.

Pack a first aid kit for your pet. And don't forget to bring any medication that your pet is taking.  It would be smart to also get a health certificate from your veterinarian and update your pet's vaccinations.  Be sure to have a copy of your pet's rabies certificate as well.

Before you let Fido jump in the backseat of your car, make sure to cover the seats.  Car seat covers are an excellent investment if you want to keep your vehicle looking clean.

Make sure to keep a supply of disposable bags on hand to clean up after your pet.

Travel on an empty stomach.  Your dog is more likely to get car sickness if your pet has a full stomach.  If the trip is long, feed a smaller amount than usual at least 2 hours before you plan to depart.

Restrain your pet during travel in either a harness, pet seat, wire or plastic crate or a barrier.  It is the safest way to travel for both you and your furry companion.

And, finally, never leave your pet in a hot car!  Even if you are parked in the shade.  Pets cannot regulate their body temperature as well as humans.  Just a few minutes in a hot car could cause irreversible damage or death to your pet.  To keep your pet cool on the road, consider a car window shade.