Before You Leave Home:

Just like with any vacation, successful trips with your best furry friend require a bit of preparation beforehand.

  • Plan your route with regular stops in mind. Dogs will need at least a 15-min break every 4 hours, but chances are that you’ll need one as well! Find some dog-friendly areas or parks along the way where everyone can stretch their legs.
  • More hotels now accommodate pets! Just make sure that you understand and can comply with any restrictions that the motel may have within their pet policies: weight/size restrictions, special deposits or fees and possibly certain dog breed exclusions. Fortunately, there are many web sites that can help you find pet-friendly lodging, parks, destinations and other pet travel info. Try or Pets to get you started.
  • Copy and pack important vet information, in case you need it. You’ll want to have a copy of your cat or dog’s medical records, vaccinations and extra medication.
  • UPDATE YOUR MICROCHIP INFO!Micro-chipping should be at the top of your to-do list if your pet is not already chipped. And for summer travel,it could save his life.If your pet escapes and becomes lost while on vacation, a simple microchip could make the difference in his safe return verses being lost for months or worse. Make sure that your chip info is accurate, current and readily available in case of emergencies. Also, buying a cat or dog leash with your cell phone number on it is another safety precaution worth taking.

Packing Up

  • Plan to recreate your pet’s normal setting in your new location. Bring all of the basics of course like her food bowls, leash, and grooming tools plus medicine and an emergency kit, favorite bedding or toy. Throw in anything else that will help her acclimate to the new surroundings quickly.

Before you hit the road

  • Give your pets plenty of exercise before setting off on a long car trip. For dogs, a nice long walk is a good way to burn off extra energy to help them relax in the car.
  • Many pets get nauseous in a car, just like humans! It is recommended to feed them several hours in advance of the trip.
  • The safest way for a pet to travel is in a safety-tested crate or travel crate that is well-ventilated and secure.

Stick to the Routine As Best You Can

  • Set up your pet’s space when you arrive and jump back into your normal schedule as if you were at home. Sticking to routine activities like play time, walks, feeding, and grooming give cats and dogs a sense of familiarity that feels like home.