Packing For a Trip With Your Dog

Road trips are always fun and exciting-you’ll never know what you’ll get or who you’ll meet during the drive. If you’re planning to bring your dog with you, probably because you just can’t leave it alone at home or you don’t want it to miss out on all the fun, then you’re going to have to get a few things ready. 

 Here are a few important things that you should bring for your dog when going out for a trip.

 Dog Carrier

 Should you travel a lot, and also you own a dog, it may be wise to invest in a dog carriers. Nearly all dog carriers are customarily made of tough thick plastic, and they have a steel grid door that opens up on hinges. There is a lock mechanism on the door that can keep even the friskiest of dogs protected within the carrier. There are also soft carriers that supply exactly the same benefits of the larger sized hard-shelled carriers. Typically, soft carriers can come in a variety of patterns, colors and sizes, and look more like a tote back than the usual hard-shell pet carrier. There are many considerations when you decide to buy a carrier for your dog. Some people put more focus on the size of the carrier, although some favor one that washes easily.

Dog Collar

Every dog owner knows how important a dog collars is. Not only is it used to show that the dog has an owner, but it also allows the owner to hook on a dog leash so that he can take the dog for a walk.

Dog food 

 You’ll need a lot of this if you’re bringing Fido with you on a trip, especially if your dog is on a special diet like high protein or a diet for degenerative myelopathy. Of course, you don’t want to bring the whole sack with you. Try to place it in a container and to make it easier for feeding time, you can pack each serving individually. 

Toys 

You can bring their favorite ball, rope, chew toy, something that they enjoy playing with and carrying around. You’re going to spend most of the time driving, so you’ll want to keep your dog distracted and your eyes on the road. You can also buy it a new toy so that it’ll become interested in it and spend hours figuring out what to do with it.

Dog coat

To keep your best friend warm, dry, and look your best in a stylish, practical dog coat. Dog coats are good for dogs that come into cold rooms and can be coated with outerwear for cold weather protection.

Brush 

Since you really can’t give the dog a bath, bring a brush with you during the trip. You still have to take care of their coat, and if you’re going to somewhere with water like the lake or beach, you’ll be thankful you brought a brush along with you. Give them a good brushing once a day to avoid tangles and lumps on their fur. It also helps keep them clean by taking out any dirt that could be stuck in their hair. 

Medication 

This is very important, especially if your dog has an illness that could quickly develop if you don’t give it medication, like degenerative myelopathy. If your dog is ill and needs to have regular medication to stop or slow down the symptoms, store their medication next to the dog food so you won’t forget to give it to them. You’ll be gone on the trip for a while so bring a lot of restock along the way. 

Papers 

Just in case your dog goes missing or the state requires you to present official documents for the dog, bring their registration papers or something that can prove your dog is fully vaccinated and that you are the owner.