Hit the road Jack!
Ah, the open road! Sunny days and long drives may be one of the great American pastimes. The wind in your face, listening to your favorite tunes, tongue hanging out. For some pups, the car is the place to be. Taking a road trip with your happy travelers can be as rewarding as it is challenging. Making sure you have all your supplies and gear, along with theirs, can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we have great resources to help fill you in.
Frequent road-tripper, Kristen Beatty, spent months on the road with her pup, Franklin, traveling the nation’s national parks. Both she and the experts, have some great tips to share:
1. Consult your veterinarian before embarking on a trip, especially if your pet hasn't traveled before or if you have any health concerns. Before a long trip, take some shorter drives around town with your pet to see how they respond. Take longer and longer ones as you get nearer to your departure date. If your pet gets really anxious, consult your veterinarian to see what they suggest may to help.
2. If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet's vaccination record (rabies in particular). It’s not an issue most of the time, but some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings. They are required if you travel into Canada! Check in with your veterinarian to make sure your vaccinations and records are up to date.
3. Always take breaks! See a lake or river, pull over and let your dog take a dip. Make sure to check that your pup is welcome everywhere you plan on stopping. Check in with bringfido.com while visiting new areas to find restaurants, parks, and fun activities that are dog friendly.
4. Book pet-friendly hotels! GoPetFriendly.com is also great site to check for tons of information on traveling with pets.