7 tips to ensure a dog-friendly road trip

Planning a trip where your dogs can stare out of the window as their ears fly in the wind? Here are some tried-and-tested tips to keep your pooch comfy during a road trip.

Make them comfortable

Sunshades on the windows or air conditioning in the car can keep your furbaby cool. Roll down the windows occasionally to let in some fresh air, too.

Visit your vet

A visit to the vet before a road trip helps in checking if your dog can travel safely, especially if they have been ill recently.

Pack the essentials

Carry all the articles your dog regularly uses — food and water bowls, leash and collar, and a few toys to keep them engaged. Cleanup essentials like tissues should also be handy.

Watch out for carsickness

If your dog has anxiety or motion sickness, toys or essential oils can keep them calm and engaged. In extreme cases, your vet can prescribe anti-anxiety medication.

Take frequent rest stops

Incorporate a 15-minute break every two to three hours on the road. Your pooch can stretch their legs and take a toilet break during this time.

Be careful with food

Feed your dog  a light, easily digestible meal three or four hours before the trip. While traveling, provide meals during rest stops and not while the car is moving.

Avoid dehydration

Ensure that your dog is drinking sufficient water while traveling. Sunken eyes and excessive panting can be warning signs.

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