It’s just not packing their favorite toy, leash and bowls…
Here’s a list of great pet-friendly apps for your travels.
Pet Crash Tests
If you take your pet with you on a car trip (even if you are just going to the park), do so safely. Cats should ride in pet carriers, and dogs should be secured in harnesses or crates.
The Center for Pet Safety has conducted crash tests on pet harnesses, crates and carriers. Visit the Center for Pet Safety website for their findings.
The videos are a bit horrifying – even if they are just stuffed animals. After watching, I ordered the Sleepypod Clickit Utility for my pup. At the time, it was the only harness that passed the crash test. There was a learning curve to get it on and clipped in the seat (it uses fasteners to child seat hooks in the backseat), but with practice I am much quicker. And she is safer. Although, I miss her sitting up front with me. It was a good investment for her well being and my peace of mind.
They also conducted carrier and crate test, too. Make sure you check this information out before traveling.
Who knew pets were so high maintenance? Just wait until you take them on vacation with you. But don’t fret, I have put together this checklist for you to use as a guide on what to pack.
- Portable carrier and/or crate (make sure they passed the crash tests)
- A sturdy leash.
- An extra collar.
- An old blanket or sheet for the back seat of your car or wherever the pet’s carrier will be secured to make cleanup easier.
- Two old sheets to cover bedding and furniture at your destination.
- Some of your pet’s bedding.
- Food. If you do not feed a brand you are certain will be available at your destination and along the way, bring enough for the whole trip (I put each meal into small storage bags). If you feed canned, bring a can opener and spoon.
- Two gallons of extra drinking water from home. When you are down to the last half gallon, begin mixing in equal parts with the water supply at your destination. If your pet is especially sensitive, use distilled water.
- Food & water bowl set.
- Portable water bowl or bottle for use when away from your lodging.
- Toys and chew items.
- All required medications, supplements, and preventatives.
- Health records, including vaccination records
- Instruction for feeding schedules and diet, medications and any special needs
- Name/phone number of your veterinarian
- Tweezers to remove foreign objects from fur or paws.
- Brush or comb.
- Lint and hair remover.
- Baby wipes or moist towelettes to wipe off paws.
- For cats, a full litter pan with extra litter, liners, and newspaper to place underneath.
- Waste removal bags.
- Old towels, carpet cleaner, disinfectant spray, and trash bags for accidents (carpet cleaner – really?).
- First aid kit.
- Flashlight for nighttime walks (or just use the flashlight on your phone).
IDENTIFICATION FOR YOUR PET
- Keep up-to-date identification on your pet at all times
- Keep current color photos of your pet with your supplies or on your phone
Who ya gonna call?
Not that I am a dooms day traveler, but I like to be prepared.
Here are a few phone numbers you should add to your contacts before leaving home.
- Your vet – my vet’s number is ingrained on my brain, but if you don’t know your vet’s number by heart, add it to your phone’s contact list.
- Poison Control – ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center
I’ve used this one. My dog is a vacuum – indiscriminately
eating everything in her path. Just so you know, it’s not free. Keep a credit card handy.
- Microchip registry – if your pet is mircochipped (and if it’s not – it should be!) add the phone number to your contacts.
- Emergency Vet – of course you should have your local emergency vet listed in your contacts, but before you travel, check for emergency vets along the way. Unfortunately, emergencies do happen and they often happen when regular vet offices are closed. Take it from me, I know.