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Posted on 07-03-2018

Pet Travel Tips from our Waldorf Veterinarian

Pet road trips are a great way to spend time with your furry friends. Traveling with a pet does require a little planning, but with the right preparations, the trip can go smoothly for everyone.  There are some important things to consider, such as your pet’s temperament and your accommodations upon arrival. Here are a few travel tips to help ensure you pack the necessities and have an enjoyable road trip.

Dog getting ready to travel

Veterinarian Visit

When planning pet road trips, the most important thing on your list should be a visit to the veterinarian in Waldorf. Your pet should see the vet to ensure they are up-to-date on vaccinations and to ensure they are healthy enough to travel (especially older pets). Your veterinarian will also be able to recommend ways to keep your pet safe while traveling, such as recommended seat belts or carriers for your pet to be in while in the car.

Packing the Essentials

Packing for your pets is different than packing for yourself; there’s no need for swim trunks and flip flops, however, there are a few things that must be packed, including:

  • Copies of health records
  • Emergency veterinarian numbers (local vets in the area you traveling to as well as along the way)
  • Your pet’s favorite blanket and toy
  • Food and treats (bring enough for the entire trip, including traveling to and from)
  • Medications
  • Bottled water

Booking Accommodations

When making hotel reservations, make sure to inquire about pet deposits and if there is designated areas outdoors for your pets; many hotels offer grassy areas, while some may require you to simply take your dog out to the parking lot (which can pose a risk of them getting injured). So, whether you are planning to stay with friends, family or in a hotel, it is essential that you ensure the accommodations are pet-friendly.

Take Necessary Breaks

It is important to consider your pet’s temperament when traveling. You will need to stop along the way to feed, water and exercise dogs, so if your dog doesn’t do well around other people, it may be best to research places to stop where there may not be a risk of encountering many people. Be sure your pet is wearing pet tags with up-to-date information.

Visit Your Waldorf Veterinarian Before Your Next Road Trip

For additional travel or safety tips, contact Waldorf Emergency Care at 301-703-2387. We are open 24 hours, seven days a week to be there when you pet needs it most.

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