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It’s that time of year again! Time to pack up the kids, load up the car and tote the family to the various friend and family obligations around the country. For many of us, this also means packing up your pet. If you’re planning a road trip with your four-legged friend, make sure that you are prepared. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping you and your pet happy this holiday!


Make sure everything is up to date
Before you travel, make sure your pet’s vaccinations and records are up to date. Keep copies of any important information like medications, license and proof of rabies on hand in case any issues arise. It’s also a good idea to have a check up and make sure that your pet has a clean bill of health before taking them to an unfamiliar place.

Get your pet microchipped
Should the unthinkable happen and you get separated from your pet, a microchip will help you locate a missing animal. Make sure that you register the chip and update your personal information.

Keep them comfortable and safe
Never keep a pet carrier in the trunk, instead, keep them in the cabin of the car. Be sure to pack anything you might need along the way. This includes travel food and water dish, distilled water, a leash, waste bags and snacks. Also, avoid feeding your dog before you hit the road. Pets, like humans, can get upset stomachs when they travel.

Stop frequently
Plan for stops along the way so that your pet can use the bathroom, stretch his legs and drink some water. Traveling can be stressful and a dog may not indicate when he needs to be let out. Giving him ample opportunity will help you avoid accidents.

Plan stays along the way
If your trip requires that you stay at a hotel along the way, do your research and find pet friendly hotels along the way. Many hotels are willing to accommodate pet owners for a small fee.

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These tips are a repost of an article published on December 1, 2015.

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