Abby & Jake Ready to Go (CC) John Shulte
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 a tag with emergency contact information. Here are our tips for planning a DogTrekking road trip.
- Make sure your dog’s nametag includes your cell-phone number. Ideally, she should be micro-chipped, too. Carry a photo also, 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 a supply of the water she regularly drinks at home.
- Pack a travel kit including dog bowls, pick-up bags, first-aid supplies and favorite toys. Don't forget a bed, blanket and/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. You don’t want to show up with a mastiff only to learn that the hotel won’t accept dogs over 35 pounds.
- Make pet-sitting, doggie daycare or boarding arrangements at your destination well in advance, speaking at length with the person who will be watching your dog.
- Never leave your dog unattended in a hotel room. Most hotels don’t allow it, and many dogs get frantic when left alone in an unfamiliar place.
- Dogs left in hot cars can be fatal. Even if it seems mild outside, inside of a car can heat up quickly. Don’t go there.
- Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks and always, always clean up after your dog.