Distracting your dog is a great way to keep him calm during a long road trip.

Quick travel tips in any season

-Research veterinarians and pet-friendly hotels before leaving home. A veterinarian should be within 30 minutes of your final destination. Ask hotels about extra pet fees. *Note, Firehouse now has a sister hospital in Denver named Goodheart.

-Puppies, kittens, and senior pets: Call us to ensure your pet is healthy enough for travel.

-Exercise = tired pets. Play with your cat and dog before you leave so they’re tired for the car ride.

-Pets can get carsick, too. Feed your pet a small meal 3-4 hours before hitting the road. An empty stomach minimizes the risk of nausea and vomiting. You can feed your pet another meal when you arrive at your destination.

-Never leave your pet alone in the car. They can overheat in the summer (70 degrees or hotter) or get too cold in the winter (35 degrees or colder).

-Stop for breaks. Dogs need fresh air, a walk, and a potty break for 15-30 minutes every 2-4 hours. Offer them water every 2 hours. Cats need to stop every 2-3 hours for water and to use the litter box.

-Travel can be stressful, especially for cats. Call us to discuss your cat or dog’s personalized options that might include a Thundershirt, Feliway for cats, or calming medications for cats and dogs.

-You’ll also need:

    • A current photo of your dog in case the unthinkable happens and they run away. Update your pet’s microchip information.
    • Health certificates and vaccination records
    • Food and medicines: Bring portable water/food bowls. Pack meals in portion-sized containers for easy access in the car. Lots of water. Calming tablets, just in case. Don’t forget the treats!
    • Litter box and scoop for your cat, poop bags for your dog.
    • Favorite toys, blanket, and bed.
    • Extra zip-lock food bags, paper towels and disposable gloves for unexpected messes.

We’re here for you even if you’re out of town. Call us 24/7 and a person will answer the phone.

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