Keep Fido Safe on Your Next Road Trip with These Simple Tips

In just a few short weeks, people will start planning their summer road trips. Or maybe you’re ahead of the game, and already have your trip planned. Either way, one thing is evitable: you WILL be taking a road trip this summer.

But before you hop in your car and take off, give Fido some consideration. Instead of leaving your pooch at home or dropping him off at doggie day camp, think about taking him with you! And here at Jim Shorkey, we can help! Check out some tips below on how to protect your dog (and car) on road trips.

Buy a Ramp. It can be difficult for dogs to leap into SUVs and trucks. Consider investing in a ramp that extends from the ground to the vehicle’s load floor. This easy stroll into and out of your car can prevent unexpected injuries and expensive vet bills that may keep you in park for longer than intended. Bonus: Most ramps currently on the market fold up for easy storage.

New Threads. Consider a tight-fitting, Velcro-closing shirt specifically designed to calm anxious canines by making them feel hugged and comfy. Therefore, if they start to panic on the road, you can calm them down without any major catastrophe.

Harness your Hound. You (hopefully) wouldn’t let a child ride in the backseat without a seatbelt, and your pooch is no exception. Keep your dog safe with a harness—most include some sort of padded vest with dog-to-car anchor points that distribute crash forces evenly over a dog’s body. They also offer several options for securing your dog in place, from a single lockdown for riding in a cargo area to two latch child-seat anchors with a human three-point seatbelt looped through the harness.

Ahhh, That’s the Life. If your dog is traveling on vacation with you, chances are he is already living the dream. Why not make his time in the car even better with a hammock! If you can believe it, there are various hammocks for dogs available on the market that provide a comfy, waterproof berth for your dog while keeping the backseat clean.

Keep your Distance. As all dog owners know, dogs are very excitable, especially when out of their element. To keep them from treating your car like their playground, you may want to confine them to the backseat with a partition. Most partitions currently on the market are model specific, but offer adjustable feet and sliding crossbars that allow you to customize the partition to your liking.


Pets: Man’s Best Friend AND Travel Companion

With the end of summer right around the corner, you’re trying to fit in as many last-minute vacations as possible, even if it is just a long drive for a day or a trip to Jim Shorkey! Here’s some tips to make sure you and your pet get the most out of your road trip!

Jack Russell Terrier Dog Enjoying a Car Ride.

1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Carriers come in a wide variety of sizes, from wire mesh to hard and soft-sided. Whichever one is right for your pet, make sure it’s large enough for your per to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. And don’t forget to secure the crate or carrier so it wont slid or slip at a quick stop.

2. Prepare your pet for a long trip by taking them on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.

3. Feed your pet 3 to 4 hours prior to your road trip. This allows for the food to digest so your pet won’t get car sick. Don’t feed your pet in a moving vehicle – even if it is a long trip. Take a break and walk your furry friend in a pet-friendly rest stop.

4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time. And on a cold day, the car can become an icebox in a matter of minutes!

5. Pack your pet’s traveling bag. Make a checklist so you don’t forget all of your pet’s necessities. Travel papers, food, bowl, leash, waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication , pet first-aid kit, and your pets favorite toy!

6. Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone number, and any other relevant contact information.

7. If you plan on traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings.

8. Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window; they could be injured by flying objects. And for safety reasons, keep them in the back seat in a crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

9. Bring bottle water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area that they are not use to could result in an upset stomach.

10. If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers.


Don’t forget that we are pet friendly at Jim Shorkey! So bring your pet in and find the perfect vehicle for you and your furry friend!