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5 Pet Travel Tips For A Memorable Family Road Trip This Summer (Win!)

July 9, 2024

Summer’s here, and what better time to spend quality time with your furry best friend than by hitting the road and exploring your own beautiful backyard? Traveling with a dog can be stressful for both you and them, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five tips from Theresa Lantz, MSc, Companion Animal Nutritionist at Petcurean, makers of Go! Solutions to help set you—and your furry BFF!—up for success before you hit the road:

Set your pet (and you!) up for success

Before you start off on your vacation, consider getting your pup used to being in the car for short trips to ensure their first go is as stress-free as possible. We recommend traveling with an appropriately sized pet carrier to keep your pet contained for safety while also providing them with a ‘home base’ that allows them to relax and snooze. Additionally, keep an eye on your dog for signs of distress when they are out of their usual environment. On a long road trip, vomiting may signal motion sickness, while things like excessive drool or panting, whining or general unease could be signs of distress.

Stay hydrated

Just like people, dogs can easily get dehydrated – and in serious cases – suffer from heat stroke, especially when the weather is warm and you’re keeping busy with lots of different activities you might normally not do at home (i.e. hiking, swimming, etc.). In addition to offering frequent access to water and having a collapsible BPA-free water dish on hand, help your dog stay hydrated by incorporating wet food into their diet.

For an on-the-go solution, try all-new Go! Solutions Booster recipes which are wet food toppers available in a variety of flavours to add functional benefits and moisture to every meal. Add it to a complete and balanced kibble like Go! Solutions Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Salmon Recipe for dogs with sensitive dietary needs or Go! Solutions Digestion + Gut Health Salmon Recipe with Ancient Grains to support digestion for a complete and balanced meal on the road. Packaged in easy-to-use, mess-free single-serve pouches, they are sure to enhance your pup’s meals while supporting hydration.

Never leave your pet in a hot car

As the temperature heats up, it’s essential that you never leave your dog in a locked car for any amount of time. It’s important to note that even if the temperature outside isn’t extremely hot, a vehicle traps heat and can be exponentially warmer than the temperature outdoors. If traveling with companions, take turns staying with your pup when taking a bathroom break. If the only option is to leave your pet alone for a minute, park in the shade, lock the doors, put the parking brake on, and keep your air conditioning running so your dog doesn’t overheat.

Take the scenic route

Plan to make frequent stops on your road trip to stretch your dog’s legs, as well as your own to make the driving portion as enjoyable as possible. Check for pet friendly pit stops along the way (you’d be surprised how many destinations have places that cater to our furry friends)! Not only is it a good way to break up the time spent on the road, it’s also a great opportunity to check out what’s sure to be many scenic spots along the way you might not have noticed otherwise.

Don’t forget the housekeeping

In addition to packing the essentials like food and water, don’t forget to pack all the ‘emergency’ essentials in case anything goes sideways. Pack a pet-specific first aid kit to treat any accidents that might happen, and note the contact information for veterinary clinics in or around your destination. Always ensure your dog is wearing a collar with up-to-date ID and contact information and that their vaccination records are up to date before you travel.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun! With these easy tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to making priceless memories with your pup this summer. Learn more at go-solutions.com. —Vita Daily

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  1. Pnina

    July 10th, 2024 at 9:17 am

    The cats love the fresh air
    @xmontrealer4

  2. Petia Hristova

    July 10th, 2024 at 9:18 am

    All my friends with pets love to travel and say they make the best companions on the road! @oceanbluewavez

  3. Peter A.

    July 10th, 2024 at 9:22 am

    We love to travel & the pet first aid kit you mentioned in the tips is a must! @bai_petka

  4. Steel

    July 10th, 2024 at 9:36 am

    We love to travel and staying hydrated is top priority. This is a great tip at all times @theamazingsilverlab

  5. Louis Divitcoff

    July 10th, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Make sure your pet is hydrated. loudivitcoff@hotmail.ca

  6. Jeff

    July 10th, 2024 at 11:15 am

    facebook jeffcamillo Doggo loves to travel

  7. Courtney Peterson

    July 10th, 2024 at 11:16 am

    Our 2 chihauhaus travel with us everywhere! We treat them like humans.. they ride comfy in their bed in our vehicle, when we stop for pee breaks, so do they and we even pack little snack bags or bones to keep them fed and entertained. They are wonderful travellers – I wouldn’t have it any other way! @courttt83

  8. Carling Zuber-Vescio

    July 10th, 2024 at 11:18 am

    My wife has pets and loves to travel! That’s because she’s with me lol. My insta is @carzubio

  9. Jill MacAulay

    July 10th, 2024 at 12:24 pm

    The dogs love road trips – following on IG @jillmacaulay8883

  10. KaLei

    July 10th, 2024 at 1:47 pm

    @belcantor24

    @weelkesr

  11. l p

    July 10th, 2024 at 2:56 pm

    @weelkesr thanks
    @asdsafel

  12. Kath

    July 10th, 2024 at 3:53 pm

    @belcantor24

    @conkatp

  13. Nicole

    July 10th, 2024 at 4:36 pm

    My furry BFF loves road trips & camping, especially if there is a lake nearby to swim in!

  14. Janine Rutledge

    July 10th, 2024 at 5:14 pm

    My sister in law @wolffpupsareus loves to travel. We are heading with our 2 dogs and 1 cat to Spokane this summer on a road trip! Pray for us. @janinerutledge

  15. Hari A.

    July 10th, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    We love to travel with our kitty! He loves road trips and the wilderness @kenny_adventure_cat

  16. Kevin

    July 10th, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    We will travel with our cat in a carrier and lots of water to stay hydrated

  17. Amie Elliott

    July 11th, 2024 at 12:16 am

    Making sure your pet have a collar with current ID is a great tip , just incase! @amieloveelliott

  18. Mary M

    July 11th, 2024 at 8:14 am

    Cedar loves road trips and feels secure in his crate. @maryandcedar

  19. Julia Petrova

    July 11th, 2024 at 1:45 pm

    We never leave our pet in a hot car & this is an excellent reminder during the hot summer season. We also always take the scenic route! @puppy_cute_b

  20. Elly E. H.

    July 11th, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    Staying hydrated is a great point & we will definitely do that with our upcoming summer trips! So excited! @elly_e_r

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