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Just as you would not leave home without your furry companion, there are some essentials that you also should not forget when heading out on a road trip with your pup. Below you’ll find a list of items to pack before you hit the road!
1. Vaccination records
Keep a copy of all vaccination records in your doggy’s duffel bag. Should an emergency arise once you are on the road, you will have the important information you need. You will also need these records when boarding Fido for the day or overnight if you take in an excursion where your furry companion is not allowed. You should also check ahead and find out the vaccination requirements for any countries you’ll be visiting. You don’t want to show up and be denied entry (or worse) because your pup isn’t up-to-date on some of his shots.
2. Collar and leash
Remember that taking Fido out of the car for bathroom breaks must include his collar being secured and him being leashed (don’t forget the poop bags). A foreign territory brings unique smells that are oh so hard to resist, and your little darling can escape before you can say, “Sit, stay.”
Fido won’t want to get lost, so be sure that he has a current tag with an emergency phone number firmly attached to his collar or harness. Most people travel with a cell phone, making this the perfect number for your dog’s tag.
4. First aid kit
There are a number of doggy first aid kits on the market, and if you have the time, you can even put together your own. Some essentials to include are: tweezers to remove ticks, stypic powder to stop toenail bleeding, eye wash to flush wounds, gauze bandages
adhesive tape, scissors and antiseptic moist wipes.
5. Food and water
Be sure to bring along Fido’s favorite food so as not to upset his stomach. There are great road-worthy foods and treats on the market. If you will be cooking for Fido, make the food ahead of time, and pack it along with your own goodies. Your dog is used to drinking water from your hometown, and when traveling it’s a good idea to bring along as much of Fido’s drinking water as you can, and rely on bottled water as back-up.
6. Seat covers and blankets
Vacations are supposed to be fun, and nothing says fun like four muddy paws…not! Protect your seats with covers and blankets made especially for your type of automobile. Be proactive: Always carry additional towels and wipes to clean off your rambunctious Rover.
7. Safety restraints
Did you know that in some states seat belts are now mandatory for Fido? When you think of your best friend as a projectile in case of an accident, you understand the wisdom of securing Fido to keep both of you safe.
8. Bed and crate
Don’t leave home without Fido’s favorite blankie or bed. You don’t want him sleeping on the guest bed…or do you? Bring sheets, too, so if your furry companion is accustomed to sleeping on the furniture, he won’t leave any tell-tail signs. If Fido calls his crate his den, then bring it along for a good night sleep during your vacation.
9. Fun stuff
Don’t forget the toys! If Fido is a nervous Nellie when staying away from home, help ease his discomfort by bringing as many toys from home as you can. Familiar smells and chew toys will help calm even the most anxious pet. If Rocky is a Rock Monanoff aficionado, by all means pack his favorite CD for his and your listening pleasure.
10. Double-check hotel reservations
You are ready to go—but before you back the mini-van out of the driveway, call your hotel to confirm your reservation and that they are expecting Fido. nothing says bummer like a newly implemented “no pets allowed” policy since you made your reservation.
Now you are prepared to hit the road with Fido knowing you have thought of everything. Safe travels are in store. Don’t forget to pack your copy of FIDO Friendly magazine for more great travel ideas.