Between packing, planning and getting everybody in the family together, going on a trip can certainly be stressful. Add pets to the mix who may not be so keen on being kept in the car for hours on end, and the vacation just got that much more complicated. Luckily, if you follow a few smart steps, bringing your dog along for the ride does not have to be too much of a burden. After all, wouldn’t you rather they be part of the family vacation?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) there are certain things that all pet owners should do when traveling with their pets, but the most important is to make sure you have a secure and well-ventilated carrier. Whatever product you choose it should be big enough for your dog to sit, stand and lie-down in.
The Vari Kennel Traditional Dog Kennel is an excellent choice for such a carrier. Thanks to its durable plastic construction, this product is easy to clean and is perfect for trips both long and short. It is also ideal for dogs who become anxious around the house and chew up or scratch furniture if you leave the house for a few hours.
The ASPCA also recommends acclimating your dog to traveling in the car by taking them for a few shorter rides first, especially if they are not used to being in the vehicle. This can go a long way to avoiding any problems further on down the road – literally.
Still, there might be some dogs that need to be calmed down while they’re in the back of your car, regardless of how acclimated they may be. Quiet Moments are a great choice for dogs who suffer from anxiety. These chewable tablets, which are made from all natural ingredients, will help calm your dog whenever he or she may be prone to becoming upset.
Additionally, you should also make sure you have a checklist of which items you’ll need to bring along to keep Fido entertained. Of course, this includes necessities such as bowls, grooming supplies, plastic bags and any medication they might need, but you should also be sure to remember their medical papers and any other pertinent information.