How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

Because road trips are so flexible, they are the perfect way to take your pet along on a trip. With a car trip, you can stop when your pet needs to and can take him along when you go out. When you hit the road with your pet, it's important to keep the trip pet-friendly and to be ready for anything. You need to be able to take care of all of your pet’s needs as well as his happiness and to be ready for any emergencies that could come up. Our team at Silicon Valley Pet Clinic & Urgent Care in Santa Clara has gathered a few things to keep in mind when it is time to hit the road with your furry friend.

Important Records

It's a good idea to have your pet's medical records with you when you travel together. You should have paper copies of his records as well as an electronic version just in case. Getting a health certificate is also useful. It's also a good idea to have your pet's microchip information and any identification he has. This may be a license, a vaccination ID, etc. These types of ID are especially important if you are traveling out of state. Having a GPS collar is a good idea so that you can potentially find your pet if he gets lost in an unfamiliar area.

Food, Medicine, and First Aid

You should have plenty of food and water on your trip so that your pet never has to wait when he is hungry or thirsty. Having enough water is especially important. You also need to have mediation available for all of the days you will be gone. Having a first aid kit for pets will allow you to treat your pet for common scrapes and other injuries that can occur while on the road.

Comfort Items

Your pet will be in unfamiliar surroundings, and having a few comfort items in the vehicle can help. Pack a favorite blanket, puzzle toys to keep him occupied, and any other toys that he can snuggle or play with. You also need to have poop bags for dogs and a travel litter box for cats.

Contact Our Veterinarian in Santa Clara, CA

When it's time to hit the road with your dog or cat, it is a good idea to get a pet exam to make sure your furry friend is fit for travel. We can also offer a few tips to help keep your trip together a happy one. Call our team at Silicon Valley Pet Clinic & Urgent Care today at (408) 248-3844 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


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