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