Like many this summer you might find yourself hitting the road for a cross-country trip, and like a lot of people you may have a dog. If that dog is older you may be facing some special challenges when it comes to traveling with your four-legged friend. In an effort to make all of your extended summer driving easy, comfortable and peaceful, NuVet Labs thought we might be able to help by putting together a few tips to keep your road trip going smoothly.
Before embarking on your trip have your route picked out and organized. Also, make sure to find hotels and other stops that are pet friendly. Equally important is to compile a list of veterinarians on your route and at your final destination. Be ready to pay extra for having a dog in tow as some hotels will charge more for dogs. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as these same hotels will also provide your pup with dog-friendly amenities like dishes, treats and a mat.
Check in with your Vet before travelling
Checking in with your vet before leaving is also a good idea, especially where older dogs are concerned. You will want your pooch to get the green light to travel. Also, if your dog has any mobility issues or other conditions it is a good idea to get your vet’s input. Depending on the duration of your trip your vet may have some helpful advice.
Keep things familiar
Make sure to pack all of Fido’s favorite things. This includes toys, bedding and food and even music your dog seems to enjoy. Traveling can be much harder on older dogs than puppies so keeping things as stress free and comfortable as possible is really important.
Invest in a decent dog bed
If your dog suffers from arthritis or other issues it may be a good idea, if you haven’t already, to invest in a memory foam bed made just for dogs. Although more expensive, most dogs find them very comfortable and most importantly, easy on the joints.
Watch out for motion sickness
Believe it or not but dogs can suffer from motion sickness just like people do. Bringing his regular food and treats will help. You may also choose to keep meals light prior to traveling during the day. Feeding Fido a larger meal when you stop for the night might be a better idea.
Don’t forget the Medications and Supplements
If your pooch requires any special medications remember to pack them in an easily accessible bag or compartment in your car. Also, don’t forget to bring Fido’s NuVet Plus vitamins. If your older pup also suffers from Arthritis like many senior dogs do, remember to include his NuJoint supplement from NuVet Labs as well.
Check in with your pup
Most doggie parents share a special bond with their canine companions so make sure to tap into that often. Observe your dog for signs of any discomfort or unhappiness. Don’t forget regular bathroom breaks but don’t over do it either. Some older dogs just begin to comfortably settle in before their over-diligent humans think they need to go for another bathroom break. If your pooch is resting comfortably let him stay that way.
Monitor temperatures in the car
Cars can get quite warm so keep an eye on how your dog is responding. Keep the air conditioning on or the windows down and plenty of water on hand. Never leave your pup alone in a hot car. Dog’s, especially older ones, are more vulnerable to heatstroke.
Have fun and keep a cool head
Lastly and most importantly, try to have fun on your road trip. As most dog-parents know, dogs are very sensitive to mood changes in their humans so if you are unhappy, stressed out, or angry Fido will know and respond accordingly, which can result in a stressed out unhappy dog.
As you can see, with some simple planning and forethought traveling with your older pooch can be easier. Here at NuVet Labs we try to help make the lives of dog-parents easier, which is why we created NuVet Plus. Comprised of high-quality, human grade ingredients and manufactured in an FDA registered lab many dog parents have been thrilled with the results they have witnessed in their pups since starting a regular regimen of NuVet Plus. If you would like to learn more about this excellent supplement, please visit NuVet Reviews.