ROAD TRIP! Taking pets for trips

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Summer means road trips to the cottage, sunny days at the beach, and visiting friends and family! If you have a pet with you, you need to know how to be prepared for a road trip so you keep them safe at all times.

The ASPCA has a great blog, Road Trip Tips for You and Your Pets. Some of their tips include:

Road trips with your pets

  1. Prep before the trip: If your pet’s never been for a drive with you before, get them excited about the long drive by taking them for shorter drives first. You can then gradually increase the time in the car.
  2. Secure your pet: Your pet is safest in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. It needs to be large enough for your pet to sit, stand, lie down, and turn around in. Make sure to secure the crate so it won’t slide in the event of a sudden brake.
  3. Bring along a pet-travel kit: Take with you a travel kit with food, a bowl, a leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, treats and any travel documents. Bring something that your pet is familiar with as well to give them a sense of security. Bring LOTS of water, and the ASPCA also advises, “Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and always opt for bottled water. Drinking water from an area he or she isn’t used to could result in stomach discomfort.”
  4. No Hot Pets!: Even if it’s just a short stop, never leave your pet in a vehicle unattended. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. Be responsible! Learn more at

Now that you have some tips, checkout the road trip Step-by-Step Guide video, and enjoy those summer trips with your pets.

For every animal you save

For every animal you save, every animal who feels loved in their last moments, and for everything else you do; thank you and God Bless.