As summer approaches, you likely begin to think about traveling to see family and friends. You may have time off from work or school, and you love hitting the road to explore new places or to visit familiar locales. Whatever the case may be, if you have a pet, it’s important to make a plan for them, especially if they’ll be traveling with you. At Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we can help you make sure that your pet is healthy and good to travel!
Crates and Beds
Before you load your dog or cat up in your car, it’s important to make sure they have a safe space to sit in the vehicle. While you may want to let your pet roam around the car while you drive, it could be safer to keep them in their crate. This way, instead of them stepping on the door to look at the window or try to crawl up in the front seat with you, they’ll be safely tucked away and protected from harm.
As for their bed, it can be beneficial to have something that reminds them of home when you’re in a strange place. The smells in a hotel can be very stressful to an animal, and having their own bed will give them a safe space where they can curl up and sleep.
Food and Medicine
Just like you, your pet is going to need to eat during your road trip. It’s important to pack enough pet food for your journey, and you should also know where you can buy more, should you need to. You’ll also want to bring fresh water and a bowl with you so that your pet doesn’t get dehydrated while riding in the car. If you’re heading south to a warmer climate, it’s imperative that your pet gets plenty of water on a regular basis.
If your furry companion takes any prescription medicine, then check with your vet before you leave to refill the prescription or to make sure you have enough for the trip. You’ll want to do your best to give your pet their medicine at the normal times, whether that’s in the morning or the evening. If they need food or water with their medicine, then make sure you follow the recommended procedure that your vet has provided.
Should your pet need sedation while you travel, due to becoming too nervous or stressed, our vet clinic staff can help you find the right solution. Some animals travel very well, while others become very distraught as soon as they get in the car. If they’re going to spend hours in their crate, only to arrive at a strange destination, it could be beneficial to have some sedatives on hand to keep them calm.
Plan for Emergencies
You know where you’re going to go on your trip and what you’re going to do, but you never know what kind of emergencies might arise. If you have your pet with you, you’ll want to plan for their safety as well as your own. If your pet encounters an unfriendly animal that attacks them or they suffer an injury while traveling, then make sure you can find emergency vet services as soon as possible. Carry a first aid kit with you that has bandages and other supplies so that if you have to, you can take care of an injury right away. If you have questions about emergency animal care while traveling, we’ll be more than happy to answer them.
Traveling with your pet can be lots of fun, but it also requires you to be responsible. If you want to have your pet’s health checked before you leave, or you have questions about animal care while you’re on the road, please contact Loveland Veterinary Clinic today.