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How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

Animal Hospital of Loves Park Shares Tips on How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Your Pet

If you've recently adopted a new pet, you're probably spending a lot of time enjoying a long list of firsts. First night together, first time to ask to go outside, and now it's time for your first road trip with your pet. Pet road trips can be fun bonding experiences, but they go much smoother if you research and prepare ahead of time. At Loves Park Animal Hospital in Loves Park, IL, we recommend that all our pet owners begin to get ready for their first pet road trips at least a month in advance, to give them time to ease that new pet into an unfamiliar situation.

dog getting ready for his first road trip

Visit the Veterinarian

It's important for you to visit the veterinarian with your pet before going on any road trip. A pet wellness exam will ensure that your dog or cat is healthy enough to head out on the road, and it's the perfect time to catch up on any vaccinations your pet might be lacking. Depending on where you'll be going, we may want to give your pet some non-core vaccines such as Lyme disease or bordetella. 

Pack Your Car Carefully

If you spend a lot of time planning what to bring on your road trip, spend at least as much time on supplies for your pets. Some things you might consider are:

  • A crate or harness for riding in the back seat
  • Familiar toys and blankets
  • Water bowls for in the car
  • Familiar food and treats
  • A picture of your pet, in case she runs off at a rest stop
  • A copy of your pet's medical records
  • Extra leashes and leads
  • A map with rest stops clearly marked

Contact Our Loves Park Veterinarian At Animal Hospital of Loves Park Today!

If you're in need of pet travel tips, or if your pet hasn't had a wellness exam in at least a year, it's time for her to come into our office. Give us a call at  815-986-4445 and we'll schedule a visit that fits in with your lifestyle.

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