Pet-Friendly Road Trip Tips

The holidays, and all year long, don’t have to be stressful if your pet comes along. The experience is enjoyable for everyone involved, including your dog.

After 20 years of traveling with my dog, I have learned some tricks to help make your journey more enjoyable. Here are some tips for your next Fido-friendly trip to help make it a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

Rule of Three

Asking three questions is essential before booking “pet-friendly accommodations”

Accept pets? Are there breed or weight restrictions on the animals you allow in your establishments? If you plan to bring more than one animal, make sure it is permitted.

What are the pet fees? (Are they per night and refundable, or one-time and not refundable?)

What’s included in the pet-friendly package?

Be prepared

Prepare a kit that includes items such as a first-aid kit, medication, hydrogen peroxide (tick remover), extra collar and leash, flashlight, and contact information for emergency situations.

Recently, I appeared with Robbin Everett and Joe Everett on TPPC—TV Blog Talk Radio where we discussed traveling with pets during the holiday season. Listen to the podcast by moving up to 31:00.

Sun Shades

You may not know, but ultraviolet rays are just as dangerous to animals as they can be to people. Even if your car is air-conditioned, the sun’s harmful rays may still harm Fido. Sunblock and car sun shades recommended by your vet will protect Fido while on the road. Do not leave your dog in the car alone.

Road “Worriers”

Force a dog that is afraid of traveling to ride in the car with you. This could cause more trauma. To change your dog’s dislike of car trips, try . Imagine yourself as a dog. If you only have access to the car for vet visits or grooming appointments, it is not a place that your pet enjoys.

Consider a 5-minute drive around your neighborhood. Make the destination the most exciting place in the world. Perhaps his or her favorite park? When you arrive, reward Rover with some treats. Try desensitizing your dog, and then gradually acclimating him. You may also seek help from a veterinarian or an animal behaviorist.

The Information that Can Save A Life

Preparation is key for pet-friendly traveling. Even though visiting the vet while traveling is not something we want to do (especially when away from home), it can still happen. Ask staff at the check-in desk or locate your nearest emergency animal clinic before you leave. This vital information could save the life of your dog in an emergency.

Here are a few things to consider when you plan your next roadtrip. Would you like to share a travel tip you use with Fido? Please share your tips. Please weigh in. Enjoy your travels!