How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

Are you planning a vacation and taking your pet along for the ride? Our veterinarians at Cordova Station Animal Hospital have gathered a few tips that will help ensure you and your furry friend have a great road trip.

Do a Trial Run

Before heading out on a long trip, you want to make sure your dog is used to being in a car. If you haven’t had your pet in the car with you before or your pet’s exposure is limited, take some time to get your pet comfortable.

Pack Properly

Pack a bag for your pet, too. This bag should include food, water, bowls, toys, medication, grooming wipes, and anything else your pet regularly needs. Bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination records in case you have to visit an animal hospital during the trip.

Provide a Comfy Spot

Don’t try to squeeze your pet between a lot of luggage. Provide a comfortable spot with a blanket or mat. If you use a crate, place it somewhere your pet can see you or something other than the walls of your vehicle. Make sure there is plenty of air circulating so your pet doesn’t get too hot in the crate.

Plan Your Stops

Your pet will need as many bathroom breaks as you do. Puppies need to stop about once per hour to prevent accidents in your car. Older pets can wait a little longer, but they shouldn’t have to wait too long.

Keep Water and Food Handy

Be sure to keep water available for your pet throughout the trip. However, keep the food light. Some pets get sick when they eat and ride, so try snacks and treats instead of whole meals.

Exercise First

One of the best things you can do is get your pet in a relaxed state before traveling. Take some time to play fetch or run around to let it run out some of your pet’s energy.

Contact Our Veterinarians in Cordova, TN

Before you hit the road, get a checkup for your pet to ensure it is well enough for travel. Our veterinarians at Cordova Station Animal Hospital will perform a comprehensive examination and can provide a few extra tips to help your next road trip be a fun experience for you and your furry friend. Call our team today at (901) 753-3539 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.