This lovable pooch is Sage.
Sage inspired me to cover this topic. See Sage gets car sick. When we used to travel across Dallas to my parents’ house poor Sage would usually get sick to her tummy. A friend of mine recently traveled with her dog and worried about the same thing. There are a lot of questions that can come up when you travel with a pet. You want to take your furry bestie along but will they be ok? Well, I’m going to help you out with a few things to keep in mind.
1. Make sure Fido is secure in the car. This is something I never actually thought to do. I got lucky that Sage wasn’t the type to try and pace the seats but it could happen. It’s recommend to use a travel crate, a pet seat belt (apparently these are actual things) or a pet barrier. And your pet should never ride in the front seat. If there’s an accident, the airbag can really hurt them. Oh and just FYI, it’s very unsafe for Fido to ride down the highway with his head out the window. So let’s not do that.
2. Make sure you pack the essentials for Fido. Food and water should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. You can find spill proof water bowls at any pet store and you also want to make sure you have their favorite chew toys on hand. If your pet has medications or things like that, you’ll want to remember to bring that as well as any medical paperwork because you just never know if you’ll need it.
3. You know how you want to be comfy during a long road trip? Well, so does Fido. Keeping you pet comfy can actually help ensure they aren’t barking, whining, screaming, etc. the whole time you’re on the road. If your pet is prone to car sickness, your vet can give you a prescription to help and let you know some other things you can do to soothe their tummy. If also heard of a garment you can put on your pet that basically makes them feel like they’re being hugged. I’m not sure how it works and I’ve never used one but I know some folks who swear by them so I think it’s worth a shot.
4. Remember to stop so Fido can, um, relieve him or herself. Keep and eye on them and when they start getting restless, or circling or sniffing, it’s probably time to make a rest stop. You can somewhat minimize the amount of times you have to stop by kind of limiting the amount of food and water you give your pet. Make sure they’re getting what they need, but don’t over do it. The more they eat or drink, the more likely they are to relive themselves in the vehicle. And no one wants that. At all.
5. I think it’s a good idea to take Fido to the vet before you embark upon your road trip. The doctor can help and answer any questions you might have and even give you more tips. And always remember to check that your accommodations are pet friendly. You don’t want to do all this stuff and get turned away from your hotel or something because Fido isn’t welcomed there. That would be wack.
Happy trails, Fido and Company!