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Travel safely with your pooch this holiday season
More people are hitting the road this holiday season either to visit out of state relatives or travel north to hit the slopes with the family during vacation. As more pet-friendly hotels, shops and restaurants open up around the country, many of these trips will include the family dog as well.
These trips can go very smoothly for all involved, as long as the basic necessities and travel amenities for the dog are packed.
Depending on the age of your dog, you should have a basic understanding of how the dog feels about traveling in the car. If you know your pooch becomes anxious, nauseous or both in the car, talk to the vet first to find the best medication to help keep it content during the drive. Pet meds like Reconcile or Quiet Moments Calming Aid may help with the stress, while Metoclopramide might stop the nausea. Stick the capsules in Greenies Pill Pockets to disguise the medicine and ensure the dog takes it all. Don't forget other medications such as Glyco-Flex III or Cosequin for Dogs if your pooch is older and suffers from arthritis or joint pain. Stopping this medication for even a few days can cause the dog unnecessary discomfort.
Be sure to also bring along enough pet supplies to last the duration of your trip and even a few days longer in case there is a change in plans. Pack the dog's Durapet Dog Bowls, pet food and even its favorite toy or bed like the Orthopedic Deluxe Dog Bed to make it comfortable during the trip.
Once all of its supplies are secured, you'll need to figure out where Fido will be sitting in the car during the trek. If you have a small pooch, using a small travel crate like the Dog Car Seat and Travel Carrier may work best. This crate can be harnessed in with a seat belt so your pooch is secure. However, if you have a large dog like a golden retriever that needs to stretch out, a Travel Lite Wire Dog Crate may work best. If you have enough room, stick the crate on either a seat in the back or in the rear section of the vehicle if you have an SUV. This way, the dog can get comfortable and relax during the drive.
Make sure to bring along the dog's leash and make frequent stops to let it out to go the the bathroom and to check how well it's doing.