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How to Travel with a Dog
Summertime means warm weather, spending time outside and… road trips! If you’re planning to hit the road with your best friend as your co-pilot this summer, it’s best to take a few extra steps to plan ahead. If you’re wondering how you can best travel with your dog, follow these simple travel tips to ensure your vacation doesn’t hit any speed bumps.
1. Make sure they have dog ID tags
You aren’t the only one who needs to bring proper ID with you on a trip. Make sure to bring your pup‘s dog ID tag, such as a collar with your name and phone number on it. In the chance you lose them, you’ll be able to find them again. And make sure you have copies of their vaccine records on-hand, too! Some travel destinations require it.
2. Pack dog snacks
No road trip is complete without hitting up the nearest gas station for sustenance. But what about your pet’s snack tooth? We recommend stocking up on travel-friendly treats like Instinct® Raw Boost Mixers to keep your pup’s spirits high while you drive. These snacks are made with responsibly sourced meat, non-GMO fruits and vegetables plus other wholesome ingredients.
3. Plan pit stops!
If you’re embarking on a long road trip, plan for bathroom breaks. Your dog might need to go more often than you do, and they’ll definitely want to get out and stretch their legs a few times. Plan ahead to find dog-friendly locations where you can both play together, grab a bite to eat and catch some shut-eye.
4. Set up a vet appointment
A quick health check before a trip is always a good idea. Set up a vet appointment before you travel to make sure they have all of their medications and vaccinations taken care of.
5. Calm a stressed dog
If your dog is an anxious traveler, there are a few ways you can minimize their stress and make their journey more comfortable. Pack their favorite toys, blankets, and bowls so they have something familiar nearby.
And, of course, you should pack their favorite food. If you feed your pup Raw Frozen Meals at home, we recommend packing Freeze-Dried Raw Meals when traveling. They are 100% raw (the pinnacle of pet nutrition) and don’t need to be kept refrigerated, so they’re perfect for your road trip.