For some people, summer is the perfect time to take their pet dog on the road with them. Their faithful friend will love to go exploring new destinations just as much as their owners do.
Are you planning on going for a road trip soon with your canine companion? If so, there are a few things that you need to do and be aware of before you get behind the wheel.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that your dog is up to date with their vaccinations, such as annual booster shots. And if they need to take any medicine on a daily basis, you should check that you have plenty of supplies for the duration of your road trip.
Your vet will be able to tell you if your dog is up-to-date. If you are planning on an international road trip, you will need to find out what the quarantine laws are for the country you are visiting.
Food and drink
It is vital that you take enough food and drink for your dog. For most people, this is just a case of taking some food and drink that you give them at home. The drink part is easy, as dogs drink water, and that is available from most places!
But if your dog is on a special diet, don’t assume that the place you visit will sell the same dog food you use. You will know how much food your dog eats, so take enough portions to feed them for each day you are away together.
During the journey, make sure that your dog has access to drinking water in the car. If you are driving around in the middle of a hot summer’s day, ensure that they do not overheat and suffer from heat stroke.
Consider fitting sunshades to your windows, and make sure there is plenty of cold air reaching them. Either keep your windows open or turn up the air conditioning in your car!
Finally, make plenty of rest stops so that your dog can stretch their legs and go to the toilet if they need to. Don’t drive for several hours non-stop; it won’t do you any good either!
You will doubtless be going on a road trip in your own car. But if it’s seen better days, it might be wise to trade it in for a newer, more-reliable model. Go online and check out websites such as eBay, Gumtree and the Thames Motor Group for some good deals.
If you can’t afford to get a new car, make sure your existing one is roadworthy and won’t break down on your road trip.
By following those top tips, you will both have a fun and stress-free time on the road!
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