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Preparing your dog for its first road trip
If you've recently become a dog owner, you know the simple joys of having a new, furry friend hanging around the house. While your pooch may be perfectly behaved on normal days, many dogs are uncertain or anxious about riding in the car. This stress can become even greater if you're getting ready to embark on an extended journey. Here are some car travel tips and car safety tips for preparing your dog for its first road trip.
Visit the vet
Regardless of where you're headed, you should make sure to plan a visit to the veterinarian well before your intended departure date. According to DogFriendly.com, the vet will help make sure your dog is in good health and up to date with all its vaccines - a necessary step if you're planning on putting your dog in a kennel.
Take some short drives
Dogs are generally used to being able to roam about the house or yard as they please, so cooping your pooch up in a small car for hours on end can be quite a shock. Take your dog on some short drives around the neighborhood or town, so it becomes accustomed to the motion and limited space of your car.
Bring a first aid kit
There's no telling what can happen on the road, so you should be well prepared to take care of your dog away from your usual veterinarian. A simple fist aid kit designed for dogs will help you treat any scrapes or ticks it may pick up throughout the course of your travels, DogFriendly.com recommends.