For many pet owners, vacations are a thing of the past. Either too nervous to travel with their pet or too concerned to leave them at home in somebody else’s care, pets can restrict their owners with vacations. Of course, it isn’t their fault! If your pet had it their way, they would come with you on all of your vacation adventures.
With this thought in mind, below is a great top list of ways to make traveling with your pet easier.
Visit the Vet
Taking your pet on a vacation is the perfect reason to get them to a vet for a checkup. Let the vet know that you’re taking a vacation and ask for their advice on any medications or comforts your pet could benefit from during travel and the time at your vacation destination.
Speaking of what to take with your pet, make sure that you pack everything that you will need for the journey. A week leading up to your vacation, make a list of the activities you do for your pet and the items you use for each one. The obvious items will be a leash, water, and food bowl, food, medications, lotions, waste-bags. Use this list when you are packing your bags to make sure that you don’t leave anything behind.
Strap Them In
Just like they protect the driver and passengers in the vehicle, seat belts are the best way to protect your pets in the event that you are involved in a collision. Before you go and strap them in right now, there is a particular item required which safely connects your pet’s harness to the seatbelt to protect them in the best possible way.
If you are taking your car or hiring a vehicle then a pet mat is going to be your best bet. If you don’t have one or have just been using an old sheet, check out the Groupon Coupons page for Orvis for a range of dog mats for your car or travel vehicle. When you are looking at these options, consider the idea of a seat extender. This is a liner type extension made from foam that gives your pet more space to lay out on the seat naturally.
Take it Slow
Just as you and your passengers need to stop, stretch your legs, use the bathroom, and generally rest, so too does your pet. The difference is that your pet can’t tell you when they need to go. Be sure to plan a good amount of stops to let your pet out to do their business and release any energy. When you pack your dog’s items, keep a few of their favorite toys in the car within easy reach to play with them during these stops to help them remain calm when they are back in the car.
With these 5 tips, there is no reason for you to not travel with your pets. If your pet has been preventing you from travel, now is the perfect time to make a change and head out for a short summer road trip.