5 Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

By: Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine  |  July/August 2015
Here's what you should know to make sure your pooch has a healthy and safe trip.

Food

In warmer weather, pet foods have a higher risk of spoilage. Foods high in fat or with added fish oils or omega-3s are more likely to spoil (since the fats can break down) and potentially make your dog sick. Pack pet food and treats in an airtight container. Use a cooler to keep food cool and dry and bring the food into your hotel room instead of leaving it in your hot car.

Water

Dogs are susceptible to heatstroke when they don’t get enough water. Try a snap-in water bowl for crates or keep a collapsible dog bowl on hand. Be sure to make water stops every couple of hours.

A Special Treat

If you’re making an ice cream stop on the road, it’s OK to treat your pup to a small vanilla cone once in a while (treats like this should make up no more than 10% of total daily calories).

Motion Sickness

If your pet gets carsick when you travel, your veterinarian can prescribe motion-sickness medication. You can also try adding 1 teaspoon of a fiber supplement to your dog’s food to help if they have diarrhea that is brought on by stress (look for psyllium with no added sweetener or flavors).

Watch Out!

In just 10 minutes on an 80-degree sunny day, temps in your car can jump 20 degrees.