Pets are very much a part of our everyday lives; they live with us, sometimes sleep with us and even come when we travel! Some people, also known as “snowbirds”, travel south for the winter months. They find the winter to be long and grueling therefore they have a second home/camper/condo in a warmer southern state! (Lucky!)
It’s hard to leave your precious pooch behind especially when your travel is for an extended period. Therefore, many snowbirds bring their pups along! However, traveling with a pet requires special consideration. Look no further, we put together the 5 most important tips you need to know when road tripping with your pup to the sunny weather!
Pack the essentials: Before setting out on a trip with your pup, put together a list of items your pup needs/uses daily. Here is a short list of common items to give you some ideas;
- Favorite toys
- Flea/tick repellant
Safety First! A dog car seat or dog seat cover/seatbelt is always a necessity. If your pup is less than 30lbs and likes to cuddle up, we recommend a dog car seat. If your pup is over 30lbs we recommend a dog seat cover and seatbelt. The safety of you, the other passengers and your pup is of the utmost importance! Don’t forget to include a safety harness that attaches to the dog car seat or seatbelt. A harness that is specially designed for car rides is essential is the event of an accident or hard stop.
Hydration: Long car rides are stressful for dogs just like humans! Staying hydrated is one of the ways to keep your pup safe, healthy and happy during the trip. A no-spill water bowl makes hydrating your pup easy and effective! Need a portable water bowl for your pup? Click the pic below!
Have a health plan:Bring all vaccination records. There are two reasons for this;
- The town where you are staying may require proof of vaccination.
- In the unlikely event that your dog needs medical care, vaccination records may be requested by the vet.
It is also important to know where the nearest veterinarian or animal hospital is just in case!
Plan out your travel itinerary: Even though it may not be the first time you are traveling with your pup, it is important to have a travel itinerary before you hit the road. Plan out when your pup will eat and where you will make pit stops. This way your pup is always safe, comfortable and happy throughout the ride.
Finally, have a great time escaping the cold! Enjoy some fun in the sun with your family and pooch!