If you leave on a trip and forget your toothbrush or Rover's leash, you can always buy another one. Not so with veterinary records or your pup's favorite scent-saturated toy. Here are our tips for planning a DogTrekking road trip.
- Make sure your dog is microchipped and that her name tag includes your cell-phone number. Carry a photo, just in case.
- Make sure vaccinations are up to date, and carry copies of the records.
- Make sure your dog is safely secured in the car, whether in a crate or by some other method.
- To avoid stomach upset, pack a supply of your dog's regular food, along with some bottled water.
- Pack a travel kit including dog bowls, pick-up bags, first-aid supplies and favorite toys. Don't forget a bed, blanket or crate for the hotel.
- Reserve well in advance at dog-friendly hotels and call first to get details on fees, weight restrictions and policies.
- Make pet-sitting, doggie daycare or boarding arrangements at your destination in advance, speaking at length with the person who will supervise your four-legged companion.
- Never leave a dog unattended in a hotel room.
- Warm weather and parked vehicles are a fatal combination for canines. Don't go there.
- Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks and always, always clean up after your dog.
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