Many of our friends will be traveling with pets this holiday season. I remember how our dog used to love sticking his head out the window, absorbing the fresh air every step of the way!

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If you are bringing your furry friend along for the ride this year, make note of these 5 tips for doing so:

Schedule the pit stops: Since dogs aren’t used to being in a car for hours at a time, it’s important to schedule pit stops for a quick walk and “doggy business”.  (Make sure you clean up your pet’s mess!)  Don’t be in a hurry to get back on the road – a 15 minute walk is great, though 30 minutes of freedom would be best!

Don’t forget the bowls: When you make these pit stops, your furry friend will need water. Don’t expect pit stops to have this – bring your own, as well as a few bottles of water and dog food.

Invest in a bed that will fit in the car: Space is usually limited with suitcases (and possibly gifts), but if you can fit a doggy bed on the floorboard or on the back seat, your pet will be nice and comfortable throughout the ride. 

Get new toys: All dogs love new toys that are made for them! I’d probably bring an old favorite, too, just so your friend has a familiar item. Don’t forget snacks, but keep in mind more snacks = more pit stops.

Invest in medicine for nauseous pets: If you are taking a very long road trip, talk to your veterinarian about travel sickness medicines.  Better safe than sorry! 

 

This post is sponsored by Thompson Toyota, located in Edgewood, MD. 

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