Planning a Road Trip With Fido

Planning a Road Trip With Fido

Planning a Road Trip With Fido

The joy of having a pet means taking them on vacation with you. If you’re hitting the road soon with your best friend for Spring Break, make sure you plan ahead and travel accordingly so both of you have the most comfortable trip possible. Here are some tips for pet traveling success:

  • Plan a visit with us before you leave. Make sure your pet’s vaccines are up to date and that you haven’t missed a dose of their flea, tick and heartworm preventative medications.
     
  • Check those chips. Please make sure your pet’s microchip registration is updated with your current address and contact information, in case the worst happens.
     
  • Do your research. Ask us to print a copy of your pet’s health history to take with you and write down addresses and phone numbers for reputable veterinarians along your route just in case.
     
  • Make frequent stops. Your pup probably needs to use the bathroom more frequently than you do. Stop every three to four hours to let them take a potty break, get a snack and stretch those legs.
     
  • Don’t put your pet in the bed of your truck! Traveling at high speeds in open air can cause lots of damage to the delicate tissues of a pet’s face. They also run a high risk of being ejected from the bed, jumping out to chase a squirrel or being choked or dragged if you stop quickly or get rear-ended. Let them ride in the cab with you.

Need more help preparing for your Spring Break adventure? Contact West Valley Pet Clinic at (669) 266-7957!