Ensure your dog is up-to-date for vaccinations, and ask if additional vaccinations are required for the trip since your dog may encounter different diseases, like Lyme disease.
Also, get a copy of your dog’s medical records and extra meds. And take the time to program your phone with contact information, including the address, for a 24/7 emergency dog vet at your destination. Also remember to take monthly medication with you, such as those monthly flea pills.
You want to make sure that your schedule accommodates time for regular breaks. For your pups physical comfort and happiness, your dog needs to have the opportunity to relieve herself and also to walk around to stretch her legs.
Plan to take a 15 to 30 minute break every 4 hours. You can also make very long trips more enjoyable for both of you if you plan stops at locations with pet-friendly attractions, even if it is just a dog park.
Not all hotels accept pets, and even campsites often have restrictions. This may require contacting individual hotels in advance to find out their pet policies, including breed restrictions, rules, and possible fees.
If you are attending an event such as a wedding, that will take you away from your dog while you’re at your destination we recommend downloading the app Wag which gives you on-demand access to experienced dog handlers in your community you can hire for dog walking, dog sitting, or dog boarding 7-days a week.
With your dog spending hours in the car, it’s more important to consider safety issues. The safest way for dogs to travel in a car is in a safety-certified, crash-tested crate or seatbelt. It will also provide a comfortable, safe, and familiar place for your dog to sleep in at your accommodation.
Separating them from your items will make them easier to access when you need them on the ride. Consider all the places you will visit along the way when packing. Items you may need include:
Food and food bowl
Water, water bottle and bowl
Brush and shampoo
Flea comb and tick remover
If your dog is lost on your trip, you want to find him as quickly as possible. If the number on her tag is your home phone number, this could be very difficult.