Road trips are a great way to see the world, unwind, and spend quality time with friends and family! If you’re like us, the thought of leaving your dog behind is heartbreaking. So, why do it? One of the great things about road trips are their flexibility. Take advantage of that fact, and bring your dog along for the ride! After careful consideration, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips that will make this trip enjoyable for you and your canine companion.
1. Pay your vet a visit
Although it is not the most glamorous beginning to a fun-filled adventure, it is a crucial step to ensuring the safety of your pet. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and a happy dog makes for a happy owner! So make sure you talk to your veterinarian about your plan so he can make sure your little one is in tip-top shape for your journey.
2. Pack a doggie bag
We’re not talking about what you bring home from a restaurant – bring a bag with all your dog’s needs for the trip! Your dog wants to feel comfortable and at home, so bring their water and food bowls, treats, toys, blankets, and food. While you may think to buy food once you get on the road, a sudden change in diet and environment could spell trouble for your dog’s digestive system. Play it safe and stick to what you know. Your car’s backseat will thank you!
3. Plan a trip with your pooch in mind
With your car all packed up, a healthy dog by your side, it’s time to plan your trip! Dogs need to poop, exercise, eat, drink, and have fun; so be sure to stop frequently along the way! With the Go Pet Friendly road trip planner, you can locate dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and hotels, and other fun pit stops. You can customize your specific trip by simply typing in your starting/ending points and in a matter of minutes you’ll have a unique travel guide that you and your dog will always remember!
4. Now get going!
It’s summer vacation! So have fun and enjoy your pet’s company. If they could talk they’d say, “Thanks for not putting me in a kennel! I love you!”