Dogs love to go for rides. A dog will happily get into any vehicle going anywhere. —Dave Barry
When you're taking a vacation with the family, it's only natural to want to include the whole family. That means the four-footed furry ones, too. And, as Dave Barry notes, if they're dogs they'll likely be excited to come along.
But, traveling with your pets is a bit more complicated than a trip to the dog park. Here are a few tips from the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Veterinary Medical Association to help keep your adventure safe and stress-free for you and your pets.
For starters, think about whether your pet should travel at all. Contrary to that initial "go for a ride" enthusiasm, dogs are likely to be happier with friends, family or a pet sitter than on the road. Cats even more so. But, if Max or Bella are coming along:
Remember, animals are creatures of habit. They're comfortable with routines, so the closer you can stick to your pet's regular schedule—for feeding, sleeping, exercise—on your trip, the happier it will be.
Get tips on creating a pet first-aid kit before heading out on your road trip.
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