The holiday season is here again – and somehow it seems to sneak up on us faster every year! As we (my husband, myself, and our 3-year old Goldendoodle, Mackay) get ready to travel home to Boise for Thanksgiving, it seems like a fitting time to talk about tips for holiday travel withpets. We make the seven-hour drive from Portland to Boise a few times a year, and are lucky enough to have a dog that doesn’t mind the long ride too much. Here are some great travel tips from tripswithpets.com to ensure that you and your fluffy friend arrive at your holiday destination safe and happy!
· No heads out the window: Although many pets find that sticking their head out the window is the bestpart of the road trip, it’s not safe. Your pet can easily be injured by flying debris. This should go without saying, but NEVER travel with a pet in the back of a pickup truck. Some states have laws restricting such transport and it is always dangerous.
· Frequent pit stops: Always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. Most travel service areas have designated areas for walking your pet. Be sure to stay in this area particularly when you pet needs a potty break…and of course, bring along a bag to pick up after your pet. When outside your vehicle, make sure that your pet is always on a leash and wearing a collar with a permanent and temporary travel identification tag.
· Proper hydration: During your pit stops be sure to provide your pet with some fresh water to wet their whistle. Occasionally traveling can upset your pet’s stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water.
· Watch the food intake: It is recommended that you keep feeding to a minimum during travel. Be sure to feed them their regular pet food and resist the temptation to give them some of your fast food burger or fries (that never has a good ending).
· Don’t leave them alone: Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle can rise to 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows slightly open. In addition, an animal left alone in a vehicle is anopen invitation to pet thieves.
What are your travel tips or stories?