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5 Holiday Road Trip Essentials for Dogs

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It’s the time of year where families gather to celebrate the holiday season. With that comes family road trips, and you can’t just leave your four-legged baby at home all alone.

Putting your dog in a new environment can cause a lot of stress for both you and your pet. Here’s a list of essential items for any holiday road trip with your dog.

1. Seat covers

You might want your dog to be comfortable during the long car ride to grandma’s house, but you probably don’t want to have to clean tons of pet hair and dander from your car seats. Manufacturers make seat covers that are water-resistant and scratch durable. You can purchase great seat covers from your local pet store, or you could even use an old blanket if you’re tight on cash.

2. First aid kit

When traveling with a dog, you should have a first aid kit prepared just for pet emergencies. You can purchase a first aid kit at your local pet store, or you can make one yourself. We recommend that you put gauze, bandages, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, and cotton swabs in your kit. If your dog gets anxious in the car, you might consider putting a calming aid in the first aid kit as well.

3. Travel water dispenser

It’s important to make sure that your pet stays hydrated during travel, and the best way to do this is to purchase a water dispenser made for going on the road. These accessories are designed to keep water from splashing everywhere when you hit a bump in the road. Some dispense only a small amount of water at a time, while other travel bowls are made of collapsible rubber with a wide base to prevent spills.

4. Dog waste bags and leash

Potty breaks are inevitable on a long road trip, and you’ll need to have the supplies necessary to clean up after your pet. Your dog might be trained off the leash, but when immersed in a new environment, dogs tend to explore their surroundings. Not only will the leash protect your dog from danger, it will also help people who might be scared of your dog feel more comfortable.

5. Copy of health records/vaccine records

Have a copy of your pet’s health and vaccination records when you travel just in case of an emergency. If you’re flying, airlines require that you present documentation signed by your veterinarian stating that your dog is healthy for travel. While you’re at the vet getting a copy of your dog’s records, be sure to refill any necessary medications as well.

While bringing Fido with you on your holiday travels might seem like a good idea to you, think about the well being of your dog before making travel accommodations. If your pup is going to spend the entire trip confined in a room alone, then it might be better to arrange for a pet sitter to take care of your dog at home. With a little planning, however, there’s no reason your dog can’t be a part of your family’s holiday celebrations.