Tips for A Stress-Free Road Trip with Your Dog and Cat
It’s summer road trip time. While we would like to hope it’s a stress-free ride, taking a dog and a cat on a road trip is like trying to navigate a circus. The dog is barking while the cat is lounging in the back seat, giving you the occasional side-eye. Just when you think you’ve got it all under control, the dog insists on rolling down the window and sticking his head out, while the cat decides to climb onto your lap and demand a belly rub. Follow these tips to take your road trip from a circus atmosphere more into a calm library atmosphere.
Keep the Pets Safe
Ideally, you should keep your cats and dogs in pet carriers to keep them safe. Before you leave, have them spend time in the carrier at home so that they can become familiar with it. The safest way is to use a crate that can be anchored to the vehicle with a seat belt or other means. If a crate or pet carrier is not available, a small dog or cat may enjoy a plush carry box with the dog or cat being secured with a harness. Be sure to keep them in the back seat as it is the safest place in case of an accident.
Remember the Essentials
Your dog and cat may need a small suitcase to carry all their essentials. A collar with your contact details should already be on your pet in case they get lost. They will also need food and water and a bowl on any extended road trip. Your packing list should include medications and supplements they take regularly. A pet first aid kit may be handy as well. Your dog and cat also want to remind you that they need their favorite toys, beds and blankets. Don’t forget the treats!
Keeping them Relaxed
Some dogs and cats travel well and others are a little anxious. You might try taking them on shorter trips in the car before the trip to get them used traveling. Let them have their blankets and toys in the car and play relaxing music too. Vet Worthy offers many calming supplements for both dogs and cats that help keep them calm and relaxed. Calming ingredients include chamomile, theanine and tryptophan.
Take Your Time
Stretch your legs and let the pets do the same. They will enjoy stretching their legs, a potty break and some water. A little exercise will help calm them when it’s time to return to the car for the next leg of the trip.
Map Out Pet Friendly Places
There are so many pet friendly hotels and restaurants. Research and plan to take away the stress when you are hungry and tired. Plus, you might find a new favorite place your pet and your family enjoys.
Taking your pets on a road trip can be a fun and memorable experience, but it requires some preparation and patience to ensure their safety and comfort.
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