This conversation was sponsored by Royal Canin, but all opinions are my own!
When I was little we moved to Florida and the majority of our extended family stayed in the Midwest. This meant A LOT of road trips. We always packed up the car with lots of snacks, books, music, and of course – our pets!
Road trips and traveling in general can be pretty stressful, but add in dogs and cats, and it can be a nightmare. Our dogs were always very good in the car during these road trips. One dog slept in his car bed and another would sleep on the lap of whoever was closest. Hotel rooms were always a challenge though! Over the years I have traveled with 4 dogs, one bird, and a fish, so I have plenty of advice to give to help out any pet parents wishing to travel with their fur babies!
Travel Tips For Pet Owners
BringFido.com is a GREAT resource for any pet parent. You can search for and even book hotels via the app or website. Every hotel also has their pet policies listed, as some hotels will only take small dogs and some have a limit of the amount of animals in the room. The website and app also has a searchable directory of restaurants, parks, beaches, and even dog events where your pooch is permitted. A Dog Owner’s guide and a toll-free number for any additional questions are also included for additional resources.
Call your destination hotel/house to make sure that everything is arranged ahead of time. BringFido.com has most of the policies for hotels written down, but some hotels will require that pets never be left in the room solo. Some hotels also require pet deposits or that your animal be crated if left in the room.
If flying, be sure to call the airline ahead of time to understand their policies and make a reservation for your pet. Most airlines have travel restrictions with animal size and weight, so it is helpful to know this information ahead of time to make sure that your pet and carrier will be able to travel. There is also usually a pet fee, so be prepared to pay this.
Going on a road trip? Be sure to do a mini test run ahead of time. Before I took my dog on our first road trip, I took a shorter one-hour car ride to see what worked and what did not. I learned that my doggy prefers to sit in the front seat with some blankets—no toys and no treats. Some dogs will prefer to be in a dog bed or a crate with toys and familiar objects. If you are traveling with a cat, I would definitely recommend a few test runs to figure out which way works best. Your kitty might prefer to be in a carrier closer to the front so they know where they are going, but others might like the back seat.
Be sure to pack PLENTY of food for your fur baby. I always try to pack some extra just in case. What’s most important for us is to keep our pet’s diet consistent. They have been eating Royal Canin for the past year, so I definitely don’t want to change up their routine! Royal Canin offers size-based nutrition from the smallest of pups (think a two-pound Chihuahua) to the largest Great Dane or Mastiff. Since different-sized dogs have different nutritional needs, it’s important to research what is best for your dog. Royal Canin takes size and breed into consideration and has specific formulas for miniature and small dogs, as well as medium dogs, large dogs, and giant dogs!
If you have a large dog, between 56 and 100 pounds, it is important to also keep in mind their different nutritional needs. I know that both of my dogs fall into this category, and they have had weight gain over the past years. When I discovered Royal Canin, both of my dogs had gained weight and I wanted to try their maxi weight management food. Learn more about if the MAXI diet might be right for your large dog.
In my experience, it is easier to travel with my dog’s brand of food instead of buying it on the go. We simply added a little of Royal Canin to their travel dog bowls each day and also packed a tupperware container full. Some dogs can get upset tummies on car or plane trips, so talk to your vet if your pup is experiencing any GI issues as they can recommend a short-term diet to help manage his/her upset stomach.
The best advice for any pet parent on-the-go is to be prepared—and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Visit MyPetReference.com for more helpful hints and information to travel with your pet.
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