Did you know May is National Pet Month? Why not celebrate by taking your dog on a road trip this summer!
To a dog, motoring isn’t just a way of getting from here to there; it’s also a thrill and an adventure. The mere jingle of car keys is enough to send most any dog into a whimpering, tail-wagging frenzy.
~ Jon Winokur
Instead of leaving your dog behind with a pet sitter, allow your dog the thrilling experience of a car ride. Before you hit the road, here are a few preparation tips to get you ready for the journey ahead.
We put together this handy Dog Travel Tips Inforgraphic to help get your prepared for the next time your take your dog on a road trip.
1. Take Your Pet to the Vet
Taking your dog to the vet will pave the way for a smooth ride. The last thing you need is a sick pup when traveling long distance. Going to the vet will help you travel worry free knowing that your dog has all the necessary vaccinations.
2. Go On a Trial Run
Before you hit the road do a little trial run to see how your dog reacts after it has been in the car longer than usual. Keep an eye out for any signs of anxiety or car sickness. A trial run will also give you a chance to try out any dog travel accessories before the real deal.
3. Get an ID Tag For Your Dog
Dogs have different territorial instincts and react differently to new environments. In the event that your dog runs off, an ID tag will come in handy. Be sure to include your address, phone number and email address on the ID tag.
4. Show Some Restraint
Dog restraints are vital when traveling long distances. It’s not easy to focus on the road while trying to control your dog. A dog restraint will give you the freedom to drive worry free knowing that your dog is buckled up. Try to familiarize your dog with the vehicle restraint well in advance of the intended travel date.
5. Pack a First Aid Kit
Whether small or big, accidents happen. Having a first aid kit for your dog will come in handy. Be sure to include scissors, tweezers, bandages, antibiotic cream and so on. Traveling with basic first aid supplies can be life saving for your dog. It might seem like an unnecessary expense but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Following these simple tips will help you and your dog enjoy the adventure of a safe and happy journey.
And don’t forget, Pets are always welcome at LaFontaine – it’s part of The Family Deal! Don’t be shy about bringing your pets with you when you shop at your local LaFontaine Dealership.