Holiday Travel Tips for You and Your Dog

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be planning to travel in order to celebrate with family and friends. Holiday roads trips can be stressful for you, but they can be also be especially stressful for your pooch. Check out these tips on how to keep your dog happy and healthy during travel.

  1. Take a test drive.

Before committing your dog to a long car ride, see how they react to traveling in a car. Take several short rides for practice and watch your dog for signs of agitation, car sickness, or anxiety. If they cannot stay calm during a shorter ride, then they probably aren’t ready for a big road trip.

  1. Make sure their Identification is up to date

Make sure that your dog can be properly identified if they happen to get away from you during your trip. Your dog should have sturdy collar with an identification tag that lists their name and your contact information.

  1. Visit the vet for a check-up

Make sure all your dog’s shots are up to date and that they are in a proper physical and emotional state to travel before you leave.

  1. Pack the essentials

Stock up on extra water bowls, food, and waste bags. Don’t forget to bring toys and any medications that your dog may need.

  1. Take Breaks

Make frequent stops for potty breaks and walks to avoid accidents and restlessness. Mapping out dog friendly pit stops on your route before you leave can make this easier.

  1. Avoid posting on social media

Be sure to take a lot of pictures of your pup during their adventure, but hold off on posting them on social media until you get home. You don’t want to risk coming home to a cleaned-out house!

  1. Enjoy your trip!

Once your dog is settled in, enjoy spending time with your furry friend!

Traveling with your dog doesn’t have to be an ordeal! Follow these tips to ensure that both you and your pet are comfortable during travel. Be safe this holiday season and have fun!

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