Taking a road trip is the best kind of vacation with your pet. The wind in your fur, the sites and scents of the road! It allows you to set your own pace, and decide moment by moment what sounds like fun. Laying out the course and locating accommodations and activities is easy using the GoPetFriendly.com Road Trip Planner, but there are a few other things you might want to think about before you take off!
This means doing some “pet prep.” Be sure you have a way of securing your pet while you are on the road. Crates, carriers or car harnesses will prevent your pet from making an unannounced visit to check the view from your lap while you’re driving, and will keep Kitty from crawling under the brake pedal! Restraints will also protect them from injury in case of an accident. Remember to deactivate the airbag for any seat your pet will be occupying.
Make a visit to your vet to for a check-up, confirm all vaccinations are up to date, and to discuss any possible concerns about flea, tick or heart worm risks where you will be traveling. It is also a great idea to discuss possible remedies for car sickness, diarrhea and restlessness – just in case! Finally, seriously consider having your pet micro-chipped and keep your contact information up to date with the company that registers the chip. It would be a nightmare, but pets do become separated from their people while traveling. Shelters, animal hospitals, veterinary clinics and humane societies have scanners that read the chips so they can notify you of your pet’s recovery.
Pets need a lot of stuff when they are on vacation! Here is a list of things to bring:
Maintaining your pet’s feeding and exercise schedule as much as possible during your trip will reduce any anxiety they may feel about being away from home, so allow for stops along the way to let your pet stretch, run, or burn off some energy – isn’t this what being on vacation is all about, after all?
Calling ahead to confirm your reservations and remind them that you are traveling with your pet can help avoid unpleasant surprises. Ask about any restrictions that the hotel or campground may have regarding pets, including whether you are allowed to leave your pet unattended in your room. If you will be leaving your pet alone, consider bringing their crate or carrier, leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, and give your cell phone number to the staff at the front desk so you can be reached if needed.
Make a great impression by training your pet in good manners, following rules regarding pets and local leash laws, and disposing of pet waste appropriately.Planning a pet friendly trip of your own? We’ll make it easy: Pet Friendly Hotels | Pet Friendly Destinations | Pet Friendly Activities