- Take some small practice trips prior to a big trip so your dog is used to car travel.
- Do not feed in the morning before a long trip if a dog is prone to car sickness. Instead feed a light meal the night before.
- If your dog is prone to anxiety on a trip, try stress reduction supplements to help your dog chill out. There are lots of safe all natural products that will help do the trick to calm them down.
- Keep your dog safely restrained in the car by using a crate, harness, or other carrier. Don’t give your dog free rein of the entire car. Don’t let them hang their head out the window, as they can easily get hurt or get something in their eyes.
- Keep your pet cool & comfortable in the car with a cooling pad for the crate (keeps cool without refrigeration!)
- Bring water and a traveling water bowl. Stop every few hours to let your dog stretch, safely do its business and to drink water.
- Never leave a dog unattended in a car by itself in hot weather. A dog can overheat quickly as the temperature in a car gets hotter than outside very quickly.
- Be sure your dog has a collar on with id tags at all times. Take your rabies certificate and all vet and emergency numbers with you.
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