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Planning a Last-Minute Road Trip with Your Dog? Here’re Some Things to Know

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With the days still hot and the sky still clear, there’s just enough time for one last summer road trip. And what better companion than your loyal, furry friend? Travelling with dogs can be an unforgettable experience. Just make sure you know what to expect before you hit the road.

Plan Ahead:

With the stress of coordinating hotel reservations, packing lightly, and planning for the kids, Fido’s needs might escape your radar. That’s why it’s important to plan for your dog in advance. Make sure you know the answers to questions that will affect your trip. When does your dog typically need to go outside? What are your dog’s eating habits? Are your hotel accommodations dog-friendly? These questions affect everything from how often you should start looking for rest stops to the price of your reservations. Lucky for dog owners, there are websites to make planning easier. Find dog-friendly hotels and services with Bring Fido at https://www.bringfido.com/.

What to Bring:

Every dog owner’s list of essentials should include the following: a crate to keep your dog secure, enough dog food, a collapsible water bowl, the collar and leash, updated tags, medical records, your dog’s favorite toys, and more poop bags than you think you’ll need.
Besides these items, it’s also a good idea to bring a recent photo of your dog should the worst happen and your dog goes missing. Be sure to have a pet first aid kit with items such as gauze, tweezers, 3% hydrogen peroxide, and a list of emergency numbers.

The Trip Itself:

Just like you automatically put on a seat belt before driving, make sure your dog is properly secured in the back seat. In the event of an accident, your dog could get seriously injured. Prevent this from happening by putting your dog in a crate or by using a pet seat belt.
For some dogs, road trips are relaxing and often lead to long naps. For more hyper dogs, being stuck in a small space is a complete nightmare. Keep your dog entertained with long-lasting and stimulating toys. Adjusting the stereo to keep sound in the front seat and leaving a comfortable amount of space for your dog to lie down will also create calm.

Worst-Case Scenario:

From breaking down on the side of the highway to staying the night in a loud hotel, road trips are never short on surprises. But there are a number of strategies to ensure your dog isn’t a source of worry. Overall, the best advice is just to stay vigilant. For example, never let your dog off-leash in unfamiliar environments or leave your dog alone in the car on a hot day.
If your dog gets lost or becomes sick, know what options are available to you to get help. Resources for sick dogs include mapping out nearby vet clinics, having a first aid pet app on your phone, and bringing a pet first aid kit. Prepare for the worst by microchipping your dog in the event your dog gets lost.
When you make the trek for one last summer road trip, don’t hesitate to bring your dog. Just remember these tips to make sure every member of the family enjoys the adventure. And we at Scott Sherman Auto Care know that includes Fido.

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