American Five Star Auto Repair knows that travel safety is vital for the whole family. And that includes your beloved family dogs! With that said, taking your dog along on your family travels will be a lot more fun when you prepare ahead of time. Read on to learn how best to travel with Fido!
Before you get started with how you'll travel with your dogs, make sure that they're healthy before doing so. Take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup, and ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date. And make sure you bring your vaccination records with you! You'll also need your dog's health certifications if you plan to fly through an airline. Don't forget to make sure that you bring along enough of their regular food, bottled water, and any medications to last the whole trip!
To keep your pooch safe while traveling, think about investing in a crate. You'll want it to be large enough for your dog to stand, turn, and lie down. Look for durable crate materials, with handles, grips, and no interior protrusions your dog might hurt themselves on. To ensure there are no accidents on the road, you'll want to invest in a crate with a leak-proof bottom and cover that with some absorbent material for comfort and cleanliness. You can stock the crate with a comfy dog bed or mat, favorite toys, and a water bottle.
When you travel, you bring your identification, so it only makes sense you bring along your dog's ID too! It might sound silly, but if Fido somehow gets away from you, having their identification on hand can help. Always make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar with identification tags on them. The tags should include your pup's name, your name, home phone number, and proof of rabies shots. For a more permanent form of identification, microchipping is also an option. Don't forget to bring a recent picture of your dog with you, along with a copy of their most recent health records.
Before you begin your travels, get your dog used to your car! Have them sit inside it with you in the driveway, and start going for short rides. To avoid car sickness, try traveling while your dog's stomach is empty – but make sure they always have water. We all know that dogs love to stick their heads outside the window but to prevent injury, keep them inside, and ventilate your car well.
For those with trucks, it can be tempting to let your dog ride in the open truck bed – but don't be fooled! This is extremely dangerous, although very common to see on the road. It can lead to severe injuries to your dog or even death. You'll also want to make frequent bathroom stops, so your dog can exercise and relieve themselves. Don't forget to clean up after them!
Lastly, never leave your pooch unattended while they're in your vehicle, especially during the summer. If you have to leave for some reason, make sure a family member stays with the dog. It's always better to be safe than sorry. We hope that these tips and tricks helped you to feel more confident in bringing your furry family member on your next road trip or family vacation. At American Five Star Auto Repair, we love helping you to take care of your vehicle, which includes whatever you use your car for! To schedule an appointment for auto repair or preventive maintenance, make an appointment online today! American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is conveniently located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to seeing you soon!