Road Dogs! What Does Your Pooch Need For Your Road Trip?

If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to road trip with your canine companion, you are in for a treat! Whether you’re going a few hours away or a few thousand miles, you and your dog are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. However, traveling takes a lot of planning if you want to execute your trip without problems, and traveling with your pet takes some extra-special planning. From packing what your dog needs on a day-to-day basis to having a doggy first aid kit on hand, it’s important to have all paws on deck when traveling with your pet.

Before your trip, it is helpful to keep a list of the items that you use daily when it comes to your dog. Food, water, a leash, dog poop bags, medicine – all items that your dog will need on the road. If you keep this list going a week or so before you pack for your trip, it will make preparing your excursion low-stress and you’ll be sure not to forget anything your pooch will need!

Know the places you are going, whether it be the destination or pit stops. If you’re going to be in a place with terrain that has potential for rattlesnakes, scorpions or other venomous creatures your dog may come into contact with, it is important to take the proper precautions. Taking along a snake bite kit and antihistamines in case your dog has an allergic reaction to something he comes into contact with will take a load off your mind if it becomes necessary. Other useful things to have in your doggy first aid kit are wound treatments, dog painkillers, extra doses of medications he or she takes, a thermometer, phone numbers for your vet, and your dog’s medical records. Having all of these items on hand may seem cumbersome, but you will definitely thank yourself for thinking ahead if you find you have to dig them out!

If you have never traveled long distances with your dog before, it will be helpful to bring along a few items to keep him busy on the road if he gets anxious or bored. A puzzle toy or something to chew on can keep his mind off the road if he starts to get stressed out. Another consideration to make, especially if your pet is a first-time traveler, is that he may become carsick. You should speak with your vet well in advance about medicines your dog can take to ease the ride.

If you happen to decide that you don’t think your dog would enjoy a long road trip and want to leave him in Austin, dog boarding services are a great alternative! Bed and Biscuit Austin is happy to board dogs that would be bored in the car, and give them playtime and care while their pet parents are away. Regardless of travel plans this holiday season, having a plan for your dog will keep everyone happy!


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