Update Microchip & License Information
Be sure all proper tags are on your dog’s collar, and that all information is current both with the microchip company, municipality, and vet office.
Check Your Gear
Give all your dogs’ leashes, collars, and clips a safety check. Be sure they are not frayed, loose, or otherwise compromised.
Pack Your Pet’s Bag!
Be sure to include food, bottled water, treats, bowls, medications, vitamins and supplements, health records, favorite toys, wipes, paw protection ointment or oil, poop bags, blankets, and yes, towels!
Why bring bottled water? According to the ASPCA, “Drinking water from an area he or she isn’t used to could result in stomach discomfort.”
Car K9 First Aid Kit
Create a portable K9 First Aid Kit to leave in the car and take on excursions. Some basic supplies include: bandages, first aid ointments, tweezers, latex gloves, alcohol swabs, bug repellent, instant cold packs, gauze, scissors, tape, tick remover tool, vet-approved allergy and itch relief medication, inflatable E-collar, pet thermometer, and soft cloths or paper towels.
Now that you are all packed up and ready to go, here are some tips for keeping your dog safe and comfortable for the ride:
The Center for Pet Safety encourages pet parents to select a quality crash-tested harness to protect your pet, in case an accident occurs. It is also advised that dogs not be tethered on a zipline or long extension type of product. There are some great dog seat belts to hook up to the harness.
Check out the 4Knines universal seat belt with a 360° swivel clasp that fits most vehicles, and the 4Knines sturdy, “no choke” harness with reflective straps that come in four sizes, both located in Accessories under the “View All Products” tab.