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Posted on 08-22-2018

How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip with Your Pet by Kentucky Based Veterinarian

A road trip could be something you do with your pet. However, for some people, traveling without their pets can feel like they are missing an arm. If you are planning a road trip with your pet, here is a guide with a few travel tips to make your trip as smooth as possible. You can always visit Doerr Animal Clinic in Louisville to talk about your concerns.

dog in the passenger seat of a car

Be 100% Prepared

For a successful road trip, you want to pack everything you will need and even extras if the need arises. Ensure that your pet wears a collar with a tag at all times. If you have a dog, carry a leash. Remember to pack food and not just for you but for your pet as well. Bring their favorite toys to keep them occupied while in the car.

Pet Check-up

Before your journey begins, visit a veterinarian for a check-up just to make sure that all the vaccinations are up to date. You can take this opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have. If your pet has car sickness, ask for remedies, so your pet gets to enjoy the road trip as well. Your vet will have some pet road trips tips to help you along.

Maintain the Normal Schedule

Being away from home can make your pet anxious, to reduce their anxiety, try to maintain their normal exercise and feeding schedule as much as possible. Even though most of the road trip will be in the car, make time for your pet to stretch, run and burn some energy.

Book Ahead of Time

Ensure you call the hotel you are making reservations before time just to confirm their pet policy. By doing so, you will avoid unpleasant surprises. Feel free to ask as many questions as you can including if you are allowed to leave the pet unattended in the room or if you have to have a crate.

Book an Appointment with Doerr Animal Clinic

To enjoy your road trip, be sure to check in with a visit with our veterinarians at Doerr Animal Clinic in Louisville beforehand. This will give you peace of mind during your adventure. Contact us today at (502)425-1275 to set an appointment for your beloved pet.

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