6 Tips For Taking Your Pet On A Road Trip

It’s so hard to leave Fido or Fluffy behind when you go away on a road trip, you might decide it’s best to take them with you. Whether your faithful friend is a dog, cat or other pet, here are six things to consider when taking your pet on a road trip.

1. Why are you taking your pet on this trip?

If there is no one else to take care of your pet while you’re gone, then you don’t have much of a choice. But if there is someone, leaving your pet in their familiar surroundings is probably for the best for everyone. Some pets do well in kennels and some don’t, so a lengthy stay may not be a good choice for all. But, you can still consider daycare for your pet as needed while on your trip.

If money for a kennel is a factor into whether you take your pet, remember there will likely be extra expenses at the hotels on the road with a pet, too.

If you are traveling to the home of a friend or family member where your pet is welcome, it’s certainly a good alternative to leaving them home with a caretaker.

2. How will they travel?

Car trips aren’t too much of a problem, except for the choice to keep them in a crate or pet pouch, or let them roam free to be with other family members. Leaving them untethered can be considered a hazard for an active pet.

Don’t forget that your dog or cat will need time at each gas or rest station to stretch their legs and do their business in the same way that your family will.

Be sure to bring pet food, bottled water, dishes for both – and a towel is always good to have around for spills.