Dog Tip #5: Family Trips

It’s not uncommon to take the pup along with the family on a trip. However, bringing the family pet along does require a little bit of planning. These simple tips will ensure your dog is safe and ready to hit the trails.

  1. Take a Doggy First Aid Kit
    You never know what might happen on a trip, so it’s good to be prepared and have a little kit put together in case anything should go wrong. A Doggy First aid kit should include:

Emergency veterinary phone numbers AND directions.

Bandages, gauze, and first-aid tape.

Pedialyte (or other solution) for emergency rehydration

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Styptic Powder



Cotton Swabs



Medicines such as eye solution, sterile saline, and wound disinfectant

  1. Take a Thermos
    On car trips, it’s important that your dog keep hydrated. Thermos’s are great because they’re easy to use, keep water cool, and are usually wide enough for a dog to drink from. Make sure to offer your dog water every so often during the ride!
  2. Make Rest Stops
    Dogs are a lot like humans when it comes to traveling – every few hours they need to stretch, use the restroom, and get some fresh air. Even if you feel comfortable enough to keep traveling, make a point to stop and relieve your pup.
  3. Take Your Pup With You
    NEVER leave a dog locked inside a car, no matter how long you intend to be gone. Even on a mildly warm day, the car can become too hot and possibly kill your pet. If you can’t take your dog inside, fasten its leash to something outside of the car or building until you can return.

While it may seem like a lot of planning, with the right tools your family vacation can be fun for the whole family – even the dog!

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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