Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner and millions of us will quite possibly spend our vacation by hitting the road with Rover or Rags in tow.
In fact, more than 10 million Americans include their 4-footed family members in their travels annually, according to AAA. Eighty percent of us take the dog, while 15% carry a kitty and the rest of us bring other pets.
Proper Pre-paw-ration is key
Whether you’re headed out for a weekend junket or week-long affair, proper planning is essential to ensure good times are had by all. The most important question to ask before hitting the road with Fido or Mr. Fluffybottoms is: “Is my vacay destination suitable for my pet?” Some well meaning folks must understand that taking their cat camping or bringing their dog to the US National Lawnmower Races is not necessarily a good idea.
If you are looking for pet friendly destinations and accommodation ideas, Pettravel.com is a great resource as is FidoFriendly.com.
Herewith are my top six tips to ensure your adventure is both fun and safe:
1) Do what I say
Ensure your pet is taught how to “Stay!” in the car when you get out of the car as pets frequently get lost on trips when they jump out of the car during stops.
2) May I see your ID
Ensure your pet wears updated identification at all times – including your mobile phone information or the phone number of your hotel accommodations.
3) Buckle Up Pup
Pet Safety Restraints and Car Seats help restrain pets that won’t tolerate crating, as well as help tiny dogs from bouncing around the back seat. These devices lessen driving interference and reduce injury due to sudden stops.
4) Create familiarity and routine
Bring a familiar bed, favorite toy or treats as a great way to help reduce stress and keep them comfortable. Great foldable travel pet beds are comfortable yet compact and can be used in the car as well.
5) Take the edge off
If your pet suffers from anxiety while on the road, you can help take the edge off your pet during your travels with Calming Rescue Remedy, a natural, homeopathic anti-anxiety remedy that helps to relieve stress and aid in the prevention of nausea associated with motion sickness. A great natural alternative to pharmaceutical tranquilizing with all the negative side effects.
[A note on whining: If during your travels your GPS takes you to BFE instead of Joshua Tree, may I personally suggest a calming remedy/adult beverage of a different kind courtesy of Mutt Lynch Winery.]
6) Leave no man-ure behind
An inconvenient poop can make for an embarrassing moment while on vacation, so don’t forget to bring plenty of disposable “pick up bags for pet waste disposal.
Do you personally have tips to ensure a fantasterrifc trip with Fido? Share them with us in the comments below!
Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley