The holiday season is in full swing, and while some are staying home to celebrate the festive season, other families will be traveling to be with their loved ones this Christmas. According to statistics, the Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year in the United States. During this time, the number of long-distance trips rises by 23%, and 91% of holiday trips are by personal vehicle. If you’re planning to take your whole family on a road trip, it can be a challenge to keep everyone safe and warm while you’re on the road, especially if you’re taking your dog along for the ride. But with careful planning and packing the right supplies, you can have an enjoyable road trip with your pet this Christmas. Here are a few tips for driving with dogs this winter.
Pack some water and food for your dog
People often stop for food during long road trips, and just like humans, dogs need food and fluids to stay healthy during a car trip. Pack bottled water, a non-breakable dog dish, and some food for your pet before leaving for your trip. Keep in mind that dogs can get dehydrated in winter, so offer water during stops. When feeding your dog, make sure to give your pet enough time to eat but avoid overfeeding to prevent health problems.
Bring your dog’s insurance papers and identification tags
Accidents can happen anytime, so it’s best to be prepared for any scenario when you’re driving with a dog in winter. Make sure to bring your dog’s insurance papers to cover veterinarian costs in case your pet needs to medical attention during your trip. You also need to bring your pet’s identification tags and have your dog wear them for easy identification just in case your furry friend gets separated from your family. You should also have a photo of your pet in your wallet just in case you need to identify your dog.
Keep your dog warm and cozy
Even if your pet has thick fur, it’s advisable to bring an extra blanket or towel for your dog to keep him or her warm during your winter road trip. Keep your pet’s paws warm and dry by letting your dog wear DIY fleece booties, and if the weather is freezing, it may be helpful to let your dog wear a sweater or a coat for added warmth.
Driving with your dog in winter can be a challenge, but it can also be fun and exciting as you get to take your beloved pet with you along for the ride. Follow these tips to keep your dog safe and warm while on a long drive this winter.