* Watch the
temperature. Even with the air conditioning on, a dog riding in the back of a van can become overheated from direct sunlight shining into the vehicle. Sun
shades will reflect heat and keep your traveling companion cool. And small battery-operated fans attached to the dog's crate will keep the air moving.
* Remember to never leave your dog in a closed car. It can take just minutes for the temperature to rise enough to kill an animal.
* Help your
dog relax. If your dog becomes anxious, a calming product, like Pluto Pet's Pet Calming Spray (or just give his favorite treats and bring his favorite blanket and toy!), may help relieve his fear, nervousness and aggression. Made from natural ingredients, the spray acts quickly, causes no side effects and meets all Food and Drug Administration guidelines for good manufacturing practices.
*Avoid tranquilizers, which can lower the animal's blood pressure and make the dog more prone to heat-related medical emergencies.
* Keep the
dog contained. Your travel companion should either be in a crate or restrained by a seatbelt made especially for animals. Dogs riding unrestrained in a car can be dangerous to themselves, the humans riding with them and other motorists.
* Make two tags: one with your home address and another with the destination address in case the dog gets lost while on the road. You should also have your dog's rabies tag and certificate and medical records.
* Pack a doggie bag. Your dog will appreciate some familiar things from home - a favorite blanket, for instance, and some toys. Bringing drinking water and food from home will help avoid stomach upset. And don't forget the cleanup supplies, because accidents happen.
* If your dog is territorial and you spend a night in a motel, keep the curtains drawn so the dog won't feel the need to protect his new turf from everyone who walks by your windows.
* Have fun! A trip together can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog.