Preparation for a Road Trip
you don't already have one, get a pet identification tag for your dog. It
should have your dog's name, your name and phone number. Consider using a
cell phone number, a home number, and possible the number of where you will
a first aid kit for your dog. It comes in very handy if you need to remove
any ticks. The kits are usually available at a pet store, a veterinary
office or on the Internet.
you do not already have a dog harness for riding the car, consider
purchasing one for your dog's safety. They are usually sold at pet stores or
on the Internet.
a trip to the vet if necessary for the following:
sure you have enough dog food for the duration of the trip.
your dog is on any medication, remember to bring it along.
dog owners will also purchase bottled water for the trip, because some dogs
can get sick from drinking water they are not used to. Talk to your vet for
to pack all of your dog's necessities: food, water, dog dishes, leash,
snacks and goodies, several favorite toys, brush, towels for dirty paws,
plastic bags for cleaning up after your dog, doggie first aid kit, possibly
dog booties if you are venturing to an especially cold or hot region, and
bring any medicine your dog might be taking.
you head out, put on that doggie seat belt harness.
it cool and well ventilated in the car for your dog.
at least every 2-3 hours so your dog can relieve him or herself. Also offer
him or her water during the stops.
leave your pet alone in a parked car - even in the shade with the window
cracked open. According to the Los Angeles SPCA, on a hot day, a car can
heat up to 160 degrees in minutes, potentially causing your pet (or child)
heat stroke, brain damage, and even death.
most importantly, go have fun!
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