How to Prepare for Your First Road Trip with Your Pet
Are you ready to hit the open road with your pets? Whether you're in the thinking-about-it stage or you're on a countdown to departure, taking a road trip with an animal necessitates a bit of planning on your part to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout the adventure.
Our staff here at the Pet Medical Center of Westerville can offer travel tips to keep your pets safe and stress-free and make sure they're ready for fun. Above all, it's important to consider their needs as you would a human travel companion. If you're not sure where to start, we're here to help. Read on to learn how to prepare for your first road trip with your pet.
Travel Tips for Your Pet Road Trips
Before you plan any part of your adventure, visit your pet's veterinarian. Dr. Nowery and the rest of our staff will make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and in good health for the trip ahead. We can also refill any needed prescriptions, ointments, and topicals your pet might need, including flea and tick preventatives.
Think about safety first and foremost. Cars are designed to keep us safe, but they're not well-equipped for our pets. The Center for Pet Safety recommends your pet travel with a quality crash-tested harness or in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. It's imperative your pet is not roaming the vehicle while you drive.
Consider the age of your pet when planning potty breaks, and pack all essentials you'll need for the duration of the trip such as medical papers (proving vaccination), food, treats, bowls, leash, plastic bags, waste scoops, toys, and more.
Get your pet microchipped. It takes a short visit to our office for this quick and nearly painless procedure to give you some peace of mind should your pet become lost.
More Road Trip Tips Are a Phone Call Away
For more tips on preparing for a road trip with your pet, contact the Pet Medical Center of Westerville today at 614-882-7700.