How to take care of your pet on a long road trip

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(NC) One con­stant in Canada is the sum­mer­time al­lure of trav­el­ling far and wide on our many highways and by­ways. Road trips are filled with fam­ily fun and ex­cite­ment, but plan­ning for them goes well be­yond just pack­ing enough juice boxes and car games for the kids. Full prepa­ra­tion is also im­por­tant for the furry, four-legged mem­bers of the fam­ily.

Here are some help­ful ways to keep your pet happy and healthy dur­ing the trip:

Make sure the lit­tle one is com­fort­able – Con­fin­ing your dog or cat to a small space for an ex­tended pe­riod of time can make them anx­ious, so it is im­por­tant to pro­vide them with fa­mil­iar com­forts. It is best that the long trip is not the an­i­mal's first time in the car. If your pet is go­ing to be rid­ing in their crate, pro­vide them with their favourite toys to help keep them en­ter­tained.

Bring med­i­cal doc­u­ments with you – This is of­ten for­got­ten so make a note now to pack it. If your pet is sick while you're trav­el­ling, hav­ing their med­i­cal history avail­able pro­vides vi­tal in­for­ma­tion that may help the vet de­cide on the most ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment.

Make fre­quent stops – Plan driv­ing breaks ahead of time in pet-friendly ar­eas, but be flex­i­ble if you no­tice your pet is ag­i­tated.

Bring a va­ri­ety of food – A mixed diet of wet and dry foods is rec­om­mended for your pet be­cause of the unique com­ple­men­tary health ben­e­fits that each type of food of­fers. How­ever, when on the go, both food types have their own con­ve­niences as well. Dry food makes feed­ing pets easy and keeps clean-up to a min­i­mum. Of­fer­ing wet food with fresh wa­ter at rest stops helps keep your dog hy­drated.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.pet­mixed­feed­ing.ca.

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