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The Ultimate Guide To Summer Road Trips With Your Pet

With the hot weather on the horizon, it’s time to start planning your summer activities. If a road trip with your pet has been on your mind, there are several important factors to consider prior to your departure. Here are the essential steps to take to ensure your summer road trip is exciting and enjoyable for you and your pet! 

Make A Checklist

Whether you’re a new pet owner or a seasoned professional, it’s always a good idea to make a checklist of your pet’s needs before leaving for your summer road trip. By making a list, you can be sure that you are not forgetting any vital needs your pet may have. We recommend including the following items:

·       Food stored in a secure container

·       Lots of water

·       Treats

·       A leash and collar

·       Their favorite toy or bone

·       Blankets or a pet bed

·       Their medications

·       A bowl for their food and water

Make Sure Your Pet Is Protected

Before departing for your road trip with your pet, it’s essential to make sure they are up to date on all of their vaccinations and preventative medications. Your pet’s flea and tick medications are particularly crucial as the summer time is the most flea and tick-prone season, posing greater health risks to your pet. We suggest scheduling a check-up with your pet’s veterinarian prior to your vacation date to get caught up on any medications or treatments that may contribute to your pet’s protection and well-being.

Be Prepared For Emergencies

While no one wants to think about the possibility of being split up from their pet during a fun summer road trip, it’s important to be prepared for the worst case scenario. We recommend preparing your pet by dressing them in a collar with a clear, readable name tag that includes your contact information. Having a recent photo of your pet on-hand is also recommended as it allows you to show locals in the event that you cannot find your pet. Furthermore, you may consider having your pet microchipped, so they can be tracked by a veterinary professional if they were to go missing.

For more information on preparing for your summer road trip with your pet, contact your local veterinarian today!



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