10 Hacks for Traveling with Dogs

10 Hacks for Traveling with Dogs

Nothing beats a road trip with your best friend – but, what if your best friend is a dog? Listed here are the top 10 hacks for safe and easy travel with your pup.
Lifestyle & pets

Peppermint Candy for Motion Sickness

If your dog struggles with motion sickness, peppermint candy can help. Do not feed your dog 3 hours of going for a car ride. Then, 15 minutes before getting into the car, give your dog a piece of peppermint hard candy, which will settle an upset stomach.

Pack a Squeegee

Traveling with a pet means that dog hair is inevitable. However, rubber squeegees (such as the type you use at the gas station to clean your windshield) can save the day. Simply wet down the surface that is covered in dog hair and drag the squeegee toward you to remove loose hair.

Exercise before Travel

Do you want your dog to sleep peacefully during the trip? Take your dog for extra walks, runs, and play sessions in the 3 – 4 days leading up to your travel.

Invest in a GPS Locator

Give yourself extra peace of mind during your trip by investing in a GPS dog collar, which will provide your pet’s coordinates at the touch of a button.

Use a Pet Car Seat or Seat Belt

One simple trick for keeping your dog safe, preventing distracted driving, and minimizing the amount of dog hair in the car is to utilize a pet car seat or seat belt.  

Pre-Portion your Dog’s Foo

Make mealtime easy when you are on the road by pre-portioning your dog’s meals into plastic bags or Tupperware containers (which double as dog bowls).  

Pack Ice Cubes

To control how much water your dog drinks in the car while remaining hydrated, pack ice cubes and give 1 – 2 to your pup every 30 – 45 minutes.

Bring 2 of Everything

Never get caught without an extra leash or collar. Pack extras of your dog’s essentials just in case something goes missing.

Bring Baking Soda

Baking soda has multiple uses that come in handy when you are on the road. If your pet has an accident, soak up as much urine as you can with paper towels, then saturate the area with baking soda. The baking soda will absorb any remaining liquid and odor, which can be vacuumed once fully dry. Other uses for baking soda include deodorizing your pet and detangling mats in fur.

Bring a Doggy First Aid Kit

Finally, never leave for a trip with your dog without packing a first aid kit. Essential items include antibiotic ointment, gauze, bandages, scissors, tweezers, alcohol swabs, hydrogen peroxide, and latex gloves.    

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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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