Make Traveling with Pets a Breeze: Insider Tips from PetSmart

Make Traveling with Pets a Breeze: Insider Tips from PetSmart

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time for some fun family road trips with your beloved pets. PetSmart, the go-to destination for all things pet-related, is here to make your journey safer and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Traveling with pets can be stressful, but with a little preparation and planning, you can ensure a smooth and worry-free experience. Let’s explore some invaluable tips from Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert, that will make traveling with your furry companions a breeze.

Pack Like a Pro

When it comes to packing for your pets, remember to bring plenty of food, water, and a few familiar objects like their bed, blanket, or toys. These items will provide them with a sense of comfort and familiarity during the journey. Before hitting the road, it’s also essential to take your furry friend to the vet to ensure they are fit for travel.

Safety First

Ensure the safety of your pets by investing in a dog safety harness. These harnesses are specially designed to keep your furry friend secure in case of sudden stops. Additionally, protect your car seats from muddy paws and shedding fur with a waterproof car bench seat cover. For smaller pets who love to look out the window, a dog booster seat is a great option.

Keep it Contained

To prevent your dog from roaming around the vehicle while you drive, consider using a hard-sided carrier. This carrier can be securely fastened in place with a seatbelt. Make sure your pet has enough room inside the carrier to stand up, lie down, and turn around comfortably.

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Hydration on the Go

Keep your pets hydrated during the journey with collapsible bowls that expand into food and water cups. These bowls can easily latch onto your dog’s leash or your bag, making them perfect for travel.

First Aid for Furry Friends

Having a pet first aid kit on hand is essential for any travel adventure. It provides peace of mind in case of any minor injuries or accidents.

Calm and Anxiety-Free

If your dog experiences car sickness or has travel anxiety, consult your vet for suitable options. There are prescription and over-the-counter calming products available that can make the journey more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Prevention is Key

Before heading to your destination, be aware of any potential risks such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Take appropriate preventive measures to ensure your pet’s well-being.

Microchip for Peace of Mind

Consider getting your pet microchipped and registered to enhance their safety. Don’t forget to outfit them with a collar displaying correct contact information as a precautionary measure. Always keep your pets leashed when making pit stops.

Traveling with your furry friends can be an unforgettable experience. By following these expert tips from PetSmart, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for both you and your pets.

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PetSmart LLC is the largest specialty pet retailer offering services and solutions for all your pet’s needs. At PetSmart, pets are more than just animals – they make us better people. With passionate associates who love pets, PetSmart strives to bring pet parents closer to their beloved companions, empowering them to live more fulfilled lives. With over 1,600 stores across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, PetSmart ensures competitive pricing on a wide range of pet food, products, and services. From dog training and grooming to boarding and adoption services, PetSmart has it all. With their in-store adoption program, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada have facilitated over 8 million pet adoptions, making them a leader in the pet industry.

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