Lisa Chelenza knows that not everyone in your family walks on two legs. For helpful tips on taking care of your animal friends, and advice from local veterinary experts, watch Pet Pointers Wednesday and Saturday on YNN. If you have ideas for Pet Pointers segments, email Lisa at email@example.com.
Updated 07/07/2012 05:00 AM
Pet Pointers: Pets and road trips
A summer road trip just wouldn’t be complete without your family pet. In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza has some tips for keeping your pet comfortable and safe.
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The call of the open road, and an open window, has most of us taking off for adventure all summer long in our vehicles. If your pet is coming along for the ride, it’s important to be prepared so you will both have fun.
Get ready, clean out your vehicle and cover the back seat. You don’t want your pet to swallow any old wrappers. Covering the seats will allow you to relax and not worry about muddy paws, pet hair, or accidents. Check out a doggie seat belt for active pets that jump around or crate them.
Feed your pet and give them water several hours before you leave to reduce the risk of vomiting and take dogs for an extra long walk to help them be a better passenger.
Make a plan, pick a destination, and be sure it’s a place your pet is allowed. Most amusement parks or theme parks do not allow pets of any kind unless they are a service animal, so call ahead or check out their website if your pet is traveling with you.
Some beaches also have no pet policies, so if you are headed to the shore, find out where the pet friendly beaches are. Always have your pet on leash and have waste bags ready to clean up after them.
If you are staying in a hotel, bed and breakfast, or cottage, ask if pets are allowed before you arrive. These days most places are pet friendly, however sometimes there is a fee involved.
Pack up enough food, fresh water, and treats for the entire trip and bring along bowls for food and water. Apply your pet’s heartworm and flea and tick medication to be sure they are protected from pests.
Remember to refill any prescription medications your pet might need before you hit the road.