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How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

By September 19, 2019 October 4th, 2019 No Comments

Taking pet road trips with your dog or cat can be a rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. It is important, however, to take some precautions to help keep your pet safe while on the road. Contact Monrovia Animal Medical Center in Monrovia before you head out on the highway to have an exam done to ensure your pet is in the best of health. In addition, try some of the following travel tips for pets.

Make Sure You Have A Restraining System Available

When you are in unfamiliar areas, your pet may be anxious at times you open your vehicle door. Because of this, it is best to have a restraining system in place to ensure your pet remains safely in your control. Cats fare well in carriers or small cages when in a vehicle. This gives them a sense of security and they will use the area to rest if you provide them with warm blankets. A dog may be more apt to enjoy looking out your windows, however, it is important to keep them on a leash so they do not run out of your vehicle.

Gather Your Pet’s Belongings Before The Trip

It is best to write out a list of items your pet will require when you are away from home so you do not forget anything. Check off each item after it is placed in your vehicle. Be sure to have plenty of food, treats, and a water source available as well as a dish and bowl for feeding purposes. If you have a cat, a cardboard box with cat litter is necessary. Toys, blankets, and favorite items from home will provide entertainment and a sense of comfort for your pet. Pack any documentation regarding your pet’s health in case you need to visit a vet while away from home.

Schedule A Visit With Our Veterinarian

Before you bring your dog or cat on pet road trips, it is best to have an examination conducted to ensure they are healthy enough to withstand the excitement and stress ahead. A pet that suffers from anxiety may require medication to keep them calm. Get your pet up-to-date on their immunizations and ask our vet for a copy of their record to bring on your trip. Our veterinarian will provide prescription medication or food so your pet has enough while you are away.

If you are interested in more travel tips for pets, or if your needs an exam before your excursion, call Monrovia Animal Medical Center in Monrovia to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Call us today at 626-358-1146.