Top 7 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Vacation season will soon be upon us and what would a vacation to the North Woods be without bringing your family dog along? Travel with pets can bring its own challenges so here’s my Top 7 Travel Tips for Vacationing with Your Pet:

Tip #1: Ensure Your Pet is properly I.D’d: Pets can easily get lost in a new area they are not familiar with. If Fido get separated from you, you want to make it easy for people to contact you when he is found. If your pet is microchipped, make sure your contact information is current. No microchip, no problem; you can purchase a small tag with your pet’s name and your cell phone number on it and put it on his collar.

Tip #2: Have a Copy of Your Pet’s shot records: Many states, including Minnesota, require that your pet be current with their shots especially a rabies vaccination. It’s a good idea to have a copy of your pet’s shot records with you when traveling.

Tip #3: Don’t forget to pack a bag for your pet: When you packing for yourself and your family, it’s easy to forget about your pet. Take the extra time to pack a bag for your pet. Include grooming brushes, medication if needed, a first aid kit, favorite bed, favorite toys, and the most important, a good leash.

Tip #4: Food & Water: while it not good to feed a pet in the car while moving, it is important to ensure they have their normal food for the trip. When you stop for gas or a to take a break, make sure your pet has fresh water available to hydrate. Keep some tap water in a cooler in a plastic bottle and having a bowl to pour it in, is an important thing especially when traveling during the heat of summer.

Tip # 5: Potty Breaks: When you stop for gas or a break, don’t forget about your pet. During long drives we all enough a break to stretch our legs and your pet will also welcome the chance to get out of the vehicle for a bit. Remember to keep them on a leash!

Tip # 6: Bring a well ventilated carrier: Having a safe place to house your pet makes the entire travel time safer for both you and your pet. Carriers do take up quite a bit of room in your car, it is a safer place for pets to travel. And when you get to your hotel or cabin, a carrier is also a nice place to have your pet relax while you are unloading the car or going to dinner.

Tip #7: Never leave your pet in the car unattended: Just like young children, pets can easily overheat in a locked car. Even if the temps seem comfortable to you outside, inside the car they can quickly get too hot. Its better to be safe!

With so many fun activities in Itasca County, your pet will definitely enjoy going hiking, fishing, camping, and more. Travel safe and don’t forget to stop by and visit us at our Marcell and Grand Rapids locations. We LOVE dogs!