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Traveling with Your Pets? 5 Tips for a Blissful Trip

Posted July 16, 2014

For many of us, wouldn’t truly be a family vacation if the furriest family members weren’t involved. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile this summer, planning ahead is the key to keeping your pets happy and healthy when you’re on the road. Use these 5 tips  to prepare for a tail-wagging good time on your summer trip.

Come Prepared.
Expect that your trip is going to go smoothly, but be sure to have a plan in place in case of emergency. Bring your veterinarian’s phone number and any relevant pet insurance info with you on your trip, and be sure to scope out veterinarians near your destination before leaving. Check with your vet to make sure your pet’s vaccinations and tick/flea medication is up to date to rule out the possibility of greater health threats. Lastly, take an all-natural mosquito repellant such as NHV’s Target Spraywith you to keep your pets safe from itchy bites while in the woods or on the beach.
Make Allowances on the Road.
If a large portion of your travel time involves driving, be sure to make allowances for your pet’s comfort. Make sure that your pet is getting enough fresh air by keeping the windows open. Stop periodically to allow your pet to stretch their legs and take a bathroom break if needed. Most importantly, make sure your pet is getting enough water throughout the journey by providing them with a portable water bowl.

Keep It Up.
Most pets have a pretty regular schedule in the city — wake up, water, food, walk, nap, etc. One of the best ways to keep your pet comfortable when traveling is to keep that same schedule while away. If you normally take Fido out for a walk first thing in the morning, keep doing that. And don’t forget to bring your pet’s favourite bed, blanket, or chew toys to make them feel at home.

Keep Them Close.
Though it may be tempting to let your animal off the leash when out in the wilderness, keep in mind that curious pets can easily get themselves into trouble with plants like poison ivy, or wild animals like skunks and porcupines. Keep your pet on the leash whenever possible to keep them safe from wilderness mishaps.

Safety First!
You wouldn’t put your children in a boat without a life vest, and your pets should be no different. If you expect to be spending time out on the water during your trip, take a pet life vest with you. Take the time to invest in a small first aid kit in the event of any bumps and bruises — just a simple container with bandages, tweezers, and an all-natural first aid spray can go a long way in the event of an injury. NHV’s Ouch Away spray helps fight infection and calms skin irritation, making it the perfect first aid spray to use on-the-go.
Spending time away as a family is a great way to connect, relax, and make memories that last a lifetime. Including your pets in the mix and watching them enjoy their time prancing on the shoreline or sniffing their way through the trees only amplifies the fun and increases your family bond. A little preparation is all it takes to make sure your pet has fun and stays safe on vacation this summer.

Do you travel with your pet? What’s the longest distance you’ve driven with your pet in tow?

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