Prepping for packing your pooch

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - AAA of Colorado projects that 38.4 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That's a 1.4 percent increase over last year. And in the mountain states, like Colorado, a majority of travelers will be going by car.

Eighty-four percent of Thanksgiving vacationers who live in states like Colorado are expected to travel by car, so that means it's very important for pet owners to be prepped for packing Fido along with their luggage.

If you're headed out of town by car this Thanksgiving weekend, there are certain things you want to have ready. Like whether you've got good tires, or enough gas in your tank. And, if your pet is going to be along for the ride, you'll want to follow these travel tips from HomeoPet, a homeopathic resource for your cat and dog that can help your furry friends ease anxiety during long car rides.

Number 1: Secure your pets in the car in a carrier. Don't let them roam freely, as that can be dangerous. And for those that get car sick, put the dog crate on the floor of the car so they won’t see things zooming by.

Number 2: Get your pet comfortable with the ride. Take him on a few test–run drives, and bring along a toy or blanket for comfort.

Number 3: Give your pet a light meal in the three hours before you hit the road.... And keep him hydrated with small amounts of water.

Number 4: Make frequent stops, allowing pets time to exercise and relieve themselves. Just make sure your pet is wearing ID tags or a microchip in case he runs away.

Number 5: If you do make a stop, never leave your pet in the car unattended. Cars can overheat even if windows are down. And an open window can also be dangerous as pets could jump out or get stuck in them.

Number 6: Be sure your pet's mandated vaccinations are up to date, ask your vet for a health certificate to bring along, and pack any medications your pet might be taking or might need in an emergency.

Bon voyage!

Now, if your cat or dog experiences motion sickness, even after following those tips, there are certain remedies that can help, such as ginger. Click on the links below for some resources, but be sure to check with your veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet.

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