Plenty of families take the opportunity to explore the Lone Star State via a family road trip. For many, the complete adventure includes every member of the family, even the ones who walk on four legs. If you are planning on taking a road trip with your pet, there are several things to keep in mind.
Get a vet check-up prior to the trip
The last thing you want to happen is for your pet to suddenly become sick during your extended trip. To ensure that they’re happy and healthy, take your pet to the vet for a check-up right before your trip.
Use a ventilated crate
If you don’t have room for your dog or cat to move around in the cabin of your vehicle, you may need to opt for a travel crate instead. Just make sure that the crate is well-ventilated so that your four-legged family member can keep cool.
Prep your pet for the trip
Leading up to your big road trip, take smaller drives with your dog or cat in the car. This will help them familiarize themselves with the process and put them more at ease when the trip finally arrives.
Never leave your pet in a parked car alone
During the hot summer months, a dog or cat can suffer a heatstroke if left alone inside a parked car. During the winter, leaving your pet in the car can cause them to encounter frigid temperatures. No matter what time of year you take your trip, never leave your dog or cat alone in a parked car.
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