While traveling can be a great way to make new memories, it can also be a stressful experience if you’ve never traveled with your pup before.
Before you leave for your first trip, here are 5 ways you can make your travel experience as successful as possible.
1. Make Sure Your Dog is Microchipped
Dogs are unpredictable, especially when you’re away from home. In the event that your dog runs off or gets lost while you’re away, a microchip is the best way to reunite your pup with you. Dogs that have microchips are 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their owners.
Microchip keeps a record of your name, phone number, and address, so someone can quickly get in contact with you if they find your pup. The nearest vet or animal shelter can quickly scan the microchip.
2. Pack All the Necessary Supplies
When you’re packing for your road trip, make sure your dog has all of their necessary supplies, including extras in case of emergencies or delays.
Your packing list should include:
- Current ID tags and a collar
- Up-to-date medical records
- First aid kit
- Your dog’s medication
- Food and water bowls
- Food and fresh water
- Leash and harness
- Pet waste bags
3. Get Covered with Pet Insurance
As mentioned before, dogs are unpredictable, and you never know when an accident may happen.
Because you’re away from home and your usual vet, you’re likely to use an emergency vet which, while helpful, can also be expensive. With pet insurance, you can make sure your dog gets the medical care they need without worrying about the medical expenses.
Depending on your plan, you can get 80%-100% of your costs reimbursed.
4. Plan Your Drive Carefully
Before you leave, plan your travel route carefully. Choose accommodations that are dog-friendly, and always call ahead to confirm that your hotel, Airbnb, or campground is dog-friendly before you leave.
It’s also a great idea to research vet clinics and emergency vets along your route and in the area you’re staying, in the event of an emergency. With pet insurance, you’re not limited to only certain vets, so finding the closest to where you’re staying can save you precious time and lower your stress levels.
5. Take Frequent Breaks
Even dogs that love car rides will want to take frequent breaks to use the bathroom, stretch their legs, and burn off some excess energy.
Exercise is still important for your dog, even if you’re on the road. Schedule in time for a walk or a quick play session on your way to keep them feeling calm and comfortable.
Are You Ready for Your First Trip with Your Dog?
Long summer days and warm weather make summer a great time to make memories with your pup, but you’ll want to be prepared.
With the right supplies and planning in place, you and your dog will be ready for your next adventure together.