As you plan a summer getaway, think about what measures you can take to keep your beloved pet happy and comfortable. Pets require consistent attention, and they travel best with a good routine. If your pet is comfortable and happy, your entire trip will be more fun and relaxing. Here are some tips to help you prepare for traveling with your pet this summer.
Plan a Trip to the Veterinarian
Before you take off for vacation, make sure your pet is in good health. Plan a trip to the veterinarian to review vaccination records and do a general check up. In addition to checking your pet’s health, discuss any concerns you may have regarding what items to bring and how to keep your pet happy for the duration of the trip.
Pets are generally happier and more comfortable when they are surrounded by familiar scents. When travelling with a pet, pack something comforting and familiar, such as a pillow, blanket, or dog bed. If your pet has any toys he or she can’t seem to live without, bring them too. Also, be sure to pack a carrier to help keep your pet safe during the time you spend on the road. If your pet feels at home while travelling, you can have a stress-free and enjoyable trip.
When it comes to a pet’s diet, consistency matters. Pets are habitual creatures—if they are used to eating at a certain time every day, you should not break the routine. This will make your pet feel more at home and let him or her know exactly what to expect. Take frequent pit stops when you are on the road to help your pet maintain his or her potty schedule. If you are traveling with a dog, use this time for exercise. For other pets, a bathroom break and a chance to move around every few hours will suffice.
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