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How to Prepare for Your First Road Trip with Your Pet

How to Prepare for Your First Road Trip with Your Pet

Traveling with pets doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. With proper planning, you and your pets can enjoy the open road without encountering any issues. If you have any concerns about your pets’ well-being during your upcoming travels, speak to our veterinarian at The Village Vet in Baltimore for expert advice.

Before You Go Pet Travel Tips

If you are planning any pet road trips that last several days, you should start off with shorter rides first. This is especially important if your pets have never been on extended car rides. There are a number of safety precautions that must also be taken before your trip. You will need a crate for your pet or a safety harness. You will also need to pack for your pet, making sure you have all of his or her essentials. Items you most likely need for your pets include:

  • Food
  • Water bowl
  • Medications
  • Collar/leash
  • Tags
  • Pet waste bags
  • Bed/blanket
  • Toys
  • First aid kit


You may also want to take veterinary records and any licensing documents. If you have not done so, you may also want to talk to a veterinarian about microchipping.


Safe and Fun Pet Road Trips

Once you’re ready to go, secure your pet, making sure to keep all paws inside your car. Not restraining your pet could pose a danger to both the pet and the driver. No matter what time you feed your pet, you will have to stop for bathroom breaks. Puppies may need to stop hourly, while older cats and dogs may be able to wait three to four hours before needing a rest stop. Between breaks, give your pets a toy to stay occupied. If your pets are prone to motion sickness, you may need to ask your vet for anti-nausea medication.


Veterinarian Care in Baltimore

Have any questions about travel tips for your pet? Contact the Village Vet for your pet care needs. Our professional and friendly team will help keep your pets healthy and happy for years to come.