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12 Tips to Get Your Pet Road Trip-Ready

There's no need to leave your furbaby at home this summer. Here's how to get your pet ready to hit the open road.

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Make It Easy to Find Your Pet

American Humane estimates that 10 million pets are lost each year in the U.S. On the off chance that your pet dashes away on a road trip, make it easy to find your furry friend. Talk to your vet about having a microchip implanted in your pet. If your pet has a microchip, be sure the associated contact details, like your cell phone number, are accurate. The same goes for the ID tag on his collar. It's also wise to have a current photo of your pet.

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Pack Medical Records

Get a copy of your pet's medical records, including the dates of his vaccinations, to bring with you on your road trip. Your pet should be current on all of his shots, including Bordetella and rabies. Ask your vet if additional vaccinations are required for your dog or cat based on where you are traveling. If your furry friend receives monthly treatments for heartworm or fleas and ticks, pack up those meds too.

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Gear Up for Your Big Trip

Pets can require a lot of gear, like food and water bowls, chew toys, a litter scoop, pet food, leashes, doggie bags and treats, so pack a separate bag just for your furbaby. If all your pet's gear is in one place, it will be easier to find what you need when you want to hydrate or entertain your pet. For longer road trips or trips where your pet may spend more time outside, consider pet-safe sunscreen and calming supplements.

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Set Up Pet Care on the Road

It's not fair to leave your dog or cat unattended in the car for long periods of time. This can cause your pet to become anxious and unsettled. It's also unsafe to leave your pet alone in the car when the weather is warm, even with a window cracked open. If you can't take your pet with you, like on many hiking trails at national parks, book a spot for him at a kennel or ensure he is well-situated in a pet-friendly hotel room.

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