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dog at a car window during a road trip

There’s arguably no better way to escape the daily grind and witness the beautiful landscapes of this country than by going on a road trip. If you have a dog, however, you’ll need to take a few additional steps before heading out. Here are some tips to help prepare your pet for the open road.

Get your dog used to long car rides Before you plan a road trip with your pet, make sure your furry friend can handle being stuck in a moving vehicle for lengthy periods of time. Start with a few short car rides to see how your dog fares, then slowly increase their length in the weeks leading up to the trip. Keep your dog restrained at all times Just as you need to wear your seatbelt while in the car, your dog needs to be properly secured with a harness or in a crate before you hit the road. This is crucial for the safety of your pet and everyone else in the vehicle. Additionally, you should never let your dog ride in the front seat, as the airbag can seriously injure or even kill your pet. Prepare a travel kit for your dog To ensure you have everything you need to keep your pet comfortable on your trip, make a list of the essentials beforehand. This should include food and water bowls, a doggie bed, toys and several waste bags. If your pet requires special food or medication, remember to order all the supplies you need well in advance. Make sure your dog is well identified At the very least, your pet should wear a collar with your address and phone number clearly written on it. However, identifying your pet with a microchip is a much more reliable way to ensure you’ll be reunited in the event that your dog gets lost on a trip. Ensure your dog is fully vaccinated It’s a good idea to get a clean bill of health from your dog’s veterinarian before you embark on a long trip. Among other things, make sure your pet is up to date on all the necessary shots and other preventive treatments. You should also pack a copy of your dog’s health records in case you need to visit an animal hospital during your trip. A caring team of vets in Toronto Whether your pet needs a microchip or a vaccination before your next road trip, the team at Bellamy Lawrence Animal Hospital can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your dog or to learn more about our emergency veterinary services.

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