What should I do if I need to take my dog on a long trip?
I'm moving across the country, and I plan on driving with my dog. I love my dog, but long road trips with him can be difficult! Are there any tips to make it easier?
“Road trips with canine companions can sometimes be ruff (er, rough)! Since you’re planning on taking your dog with you, there are a few things you’ll need to do.
First, you should get your dog familiar with the car. If they aren’t comfortable, get overly excited, or are sick, take them on short trips frequently to start. You may be able to calm their anxiety by slowly adapting them to the car.
On the shorter trips, you can also begin adding in blankets and toys. Several companies also make dog harnesses and barriers to ensure they’re safe while riding in the car. If your dog isn’t comfortable wearing a harness, you’ll also want to take them on walks or put them in the harness, while they’re in the car.
If it’s close to your trip and your dog still isn’t comfortable, you may need to speak with your vet. They can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication that could help relax your dog and improve their quality of life while on the trip.
While on the trip, you want to be sure to take plenty of breaks. As your dog usually can’t eat or drink in the car, it’s important to stop frequently to keep them hydrated and fed while on the road. They’ll also need bathroom breaks and stretch breaks.
As you’ll likely need to stay in hotels along the way, be sure to book pet-friendly accommodations in advance. Finding a last-minute hotel can be difficult with an animal and you wouldn’t want to leave them in the car for an extended period!
Finally, you’ll want to make sure you have roadside assistance on your policy in case anything happens. While your pooch might enjoy the extended break on the side of the road, you probably won’t like having to wait for someone to help you fix your car.
Try using Jerry’s roadside assistance. They offer towing and lockout serevices, will help change your tires, and will even pay for an Uber ride if your car is undriveable.
I hope your and your furry friend have fun on your road trip!”
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