One thing that many people think about and may not often do is take a long driving trip across the country. It is not everyone that can get the time to take a leisurely drive across the country to see all kinds of attractions, stop at places you have never seen before and see the country in a completely new way. If you are planning such a trip, there are a lot of details that you need to consider before you go and one of them involves your faithful dog. Your pet should get the chance to enjoy a trip like this with you and it gives you a great companion for your ride. There are a few things you will want to do beforehand so that you have everything you need to make sure your pet is ready for the cross country ride of a lifetime.
Get a Checkup – While getting a checkup for yourself before you go may not be such a bad idea, it is pretty important for you to do for your dog. You want to make sure your pet is healthy before you head out on your trip so you do not run into any issues while you are on the road. It is a good idea to get them checked out, update any immunizations or rabies shots they may require and ask your veterinarian for any tips about taking care of the dog and going on a trip of this nature. They may have some insight for you that can help you with things like potential car sickness (many dogs experience this), food to eat, schedules and so on. They should also give you a copy of your pet’s shot and health records for you to have with you should you need it on the road.
Plan Your Route – While you probably have already done this for yourself, you do want to consider your pet along with this as well, particularly if you know you are going to be stopping at hotels and motels along the way for your drive. You want to make sure that the places you choose to stay at are pet friendly so you will not run into any issues about having your dog with you. Some places require any additional deposit for bringing a pet along. If you are planning on camping along your trip, check with where you are staying to see what the regulations are regarding having a dog with you.
Equip Your Car – You are going to have supplies for yourself to help make the ride more pleasant for you, but you also want to consider your friend as well. You should get some type of harness or seat belt so that your dog can be safe and secure in the car with you. Bring along a favorite blanket or pillow for them to relax on wherever you go and in the car. You also want to make sure that you have food and water, maybe a toy or two for when you make stops, some cleanup bags and anything else that will make the trip more comfortable.
Having a furry companion out on the road with you can be a great deal of fun, but you want to make sure that both of you stay safe as well. The best way to do this is to make sure that before you go that you have a car that can handle a cross country trip without a problem. If you have failing confidence in your car or truck, take a look at the Chevy dealer in Riverside so you can find something that might be better for your trip. Mountain View Chevrolet has a great selection of new and used cars and trucks that can be the ideal vehicle for your trip for you and your dog.