6 Tips For Traveling With Dogs This Holiday Season

Taking your dog on a road trip this Holiday Season can be fun for everyone. But, it's important to plan appropriately. Here are some tips for traveling with your dog:

 

1.) Bring Your Dog's Identification Information

  • Make sure you bring identification for your dog with your dog's name, your name, your main phone number and proof of rabies shots. If you plan on being at a certain destination for more than a week, you may even consider purchasing another identification tag that has the location and phone number of your vacation destination.

  • Bring a photo of your dog with you along with a copy of his most recent health records, including his up-to-date vaccinations. 

  • It would also be ideal that your dog is microchipped so that in the case he gets separated from you, he can be taken to a vet where they will check for his microchip and contact you. 

 

2.) Stop Frequently 

  • Make certain to stop frequently for potty breaks and exercise.

  • Also make sure to bring poop bags along with you so you're able to clean up after your dog, as well.

 

3.) Pack Food And Water For Your Dog

  • Bring snacks for the long trip in the car.

  • It's especially important to keep your dog hydrated along the way by bringing plenty of water for the journey. 

 

4.) Keep Paws Inside The Vehicle

  • Try not to let your pooch hang out of the window of a moving vehicle, especially if the vehicle is traveling fast.

  • Allowing your dog to stick their head out of the window when you're driving fast can be a dangerous activity. If your pup is sticking their head outside of the car window, their eyes can get exposed to dirt, rocks, dust and other debris. These materials can scratch your pup's eyes. So it's advisable, especially when driving fast, that you keep your dogs inside the vehicle.

 

    5.) Secure Your Dog

    • Having loose animals in the car isn't advised. They can distract you and can also get into things that they shouldn't. And if you were to get into an accident or stop suddenly, unrestrained animals can get injured or even killed. 

    • It's important to invest in harnesses, crates or seatbelts to ensure they are safe and secure in the vehicle. 

     

    6.) Keep Your Car Protected From Your Dog

    • Taking your dog on a road trip doesn't have to be messy either. You can protect your car seats from dirt, hair and scratching damage with the help of pet car seat covers.