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Summer Travel Tips “Road Trips”

Summer is the perfect time of year to travel and bring your dog along for the fun! While traveling with your dog can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be. Preparing properly for travel with your trusty companion can turn the trip into a vacation.


1. Get them used to the car

Practice Makes Perfect 

If your furry friend typically gets anxious on car rides or isn’t used to being in the car for extended periods, try going on “practice drives” before the trip. These drives can start as trips across town and build up to short-day trips to prepare your pup for the longer haul.


   Car sickness

Does your dog need a barf bag each time they take a ride in the car? Car sickness can be a damper on your road trip and make you think twice about bringing your dog along for the ride. Even if your dog isn’t vomiting in the car, they can be demonstrating less obvious signs of distress during their time in the car, such as:


Panting or yawning


Excessive drooling


Fear of riding or even getting in the car


According to a survey, almost half of dog owners (48%) report that their dogs show signs of motion sickness during car rides[1]. This can be a source of stress for both you and your furry friend, potentially affecting the bond you share[2]. If your dog displays any symptoms of motion sickness, consult your vet for possible medication options to alleviate the vomiting that may occur while traveling in the car.

Take this motion sickness quiz to see if your dog shows symptoms of car sickness


2. Organize the essentials

   Packing for your pet

To help you plan your summer pet travel itinerary, don’t forget the following:   

o   Food, water, and packable bowls

o   Medication

o   Travel certificate

o   Medical records

o   Microchip information

o   Back-up collar and ID tags Leash

o   Recent picture of your pet

o   Sunblock

o   Portable shade or Create

o   Pet first-aid kit

o   Bedding

o   Toys

o   Numbers/websites of veterinary hospitals in/near your destination

Prepare in advance by envisioning the various situations your pet might encounter when not at home. If summer travel with your pet is not feasible this year, there is no need to be concerned!


3. Plan to make stops

Rest Stops and Water Breaks

Plan for plenty of rest stops to allow your pet out of the vehicle to drink water, stretch his or her legs, and go to the bathroom.


Bringing your pet for a brief walk during a rest stop is an effective method to ensure your pet's happiness and reduce car-related stress. This simple activity can enhance your pet's overall travel experience. Additionally, consider exploring dog parks and other pet-friendly locations for your furry companion to release pent-up energy and discover new scents.


As most of your travel will involve driving, it is crucial to emphasize that you must never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Despite the mild weather outside, the temperature inside a vehicle can quickly rise above 100 degrees, even with the windows slightly open. If you find yourself in a location that is not pet-friendly and needs to spend the day sightseeing, consider looking for a nearby doggy daycare where your pet can spend the day safely.


Your pet will love the chance to accompany you and your family on your summer vacation, especially if the time in the car is peaceful and relaxing.

4. Do Your Research

When planning your travel, it's crucial to conduct thorough research beforehand. Take the time to explore various accommodation options that warmly accept pets, such as hotels and campgrounds.


Additionally, familiarize yourself with any local laws, federal regulations, or ordinances (especially in high-risk countries) on pets in your chosen destination. By doing so, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip for both you and your furry companion.

5. Have fun!

It's time to shift your attention to the enjoyable part! There are numerous tools available, such as BringFido, that can assist you in locating pet-friendly accommodations and dining options during your journey. It's advisable to verify that the accommodation you have reserved is pet-friendly and does not impose any weight or other restrictions. Additionally, you can utilize this platform to discover parks and other activities along your route to ensure your dog gets enough exercise. Your furry friend will be grateful!



The Harris Poll: Custom Motion Sickness and Noise Aversion Omnibus Pet Owner Quantitative Research Report, December 2018

Conder GA, Sedlacek HS, Boucher JF, Clemence RG. Efficacy and safety of maropitant, a selective neurokinin 1 receptor antagonist, in two randomized clinical trials for prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2008;31(6):528-532.

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