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Traveling is incredible, but it’s never quite as fun without the furry members of your family. Some pets find traveling to be highly stressful, so it’s best to consider whether it is the best option for them. However, if your pets love to travel, there are several steps you should take to ensure their safety and comfort during the trip. 

If you’re planning on hitting the roads for your next trip, there are lots of things you can do to make sure the trip goes as smoothly as possible for both you and your pet. Take a look at these tips to prepare for a smooth and safe trip for the whole family!

Microchipping & Identification

Just in case your pet gets lost, it’s always a smart choice to have them microchipped. The process is quick and inexpensive. Regardless, it will provide you peace of mind that if your pet is found you will be notified. 

Make sure your pet always has a collar with tags that have up to date information in case the worst should happen. If your pet runs away you will know that your phone number and address are attached to your pet so you can be contacted. 

Up to Date Vaccinations

Keep your pet safe when they are in new locations by making sure they are completely up to date on their vaccinations. If you’re going to a new location, consult your vet about any other vaccinations that may be needed especially if you’re traveling to an area where ticks are more prevalent. 

Prepare for a Long Drive

Your dog might not be super comfortable in a car for long periods of time, so get them used to longer drives by taking short ones to start. Gradually make the drives longer to see how they fare and make any accommodations they may need such as pit stops, comfort items like a blanket, and a seat belt for safety. 

Bring a Secure Carrier or Crate

Bring along a crate where your dog can have a safe space, especially if visiting an area for the first time. If your dog gets anxious easily, it’s always a good idea to allow them to have their own space, especially if you need to leave them for any amount of time. 

Prep a Pet-Friendly Travel Kit

Prepare everything you may need beforehand. Bring a spare bowl, leash, extra food, vaccination papers, any medication, poop bags, travel documents, first-aid kit, and a toy. In case of an accident, add an information kit to your car. Include a photo of your pet and include any useful information like a name, behavior, medication, etc. That way if something happens, authorities will know to look for a pet as well. 

Never Leave Animals Alone in the Car

In the heat, cars quickly become a furnace even with the windows rolled down. In the winter, cars turn into refrigerators and can cause hypothermia. Always plan ahead and make sure your 4-legged family members are allowed where you are planning to stop. If not, find somewhere like a doggy day care where they will be well cared for.