Traveling with your furry friend can be a lot of fun, but preparing properly beforehand is important. Here at Carl’s Van Rentals, our pet policy requires that your pet be crated, and that you clean up after your animal while traveling. But here are five other helpful safety tips to help make the journey as smooth as possible for both you and your dog.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

1. Bring Some Familiar Toys

When traveling with your dog, it’s important to bring along a few of their favorite toys. This will help keep them occupied and calm during the trip. If your dog is used to playing with a specific toy, he or she is more likely to remain calm and relaxed while you’re driving down the road if that toy is in the crate.

2. Plan Plenty of Bathroom Stops

When traveling with your dog, it’s important to make sure you plan plenty of bathroom breaks. Dogs typically need to go to the bathroom every few hours, so it’s important to factor this into your travel plans. This will help avoid any accidents or messes in the van and will also help keep your dog comfortable and healthy.

3. Update Their Vaccine Records

If you’re planning on traveling with your dog, it’s important to make sure their vaccine records are up to date. You’ll need to bring along proof of vaccinations in some places, so be sure to have updated records handy. Contact your vet ahead of time if your dog needs updated vaccinations.

4. Scout Nearby Emergency Vets

When traveling with your dog, it’s important to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise. That’s why it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the location of nearby emergency vet clinics. If something happens to your pet while you’re on the road, you’ll want to know where to go for help. You can find a list of emergency vet clinics on the American Veterinary Medical Association website or by contacting your local veterinarian.

5. Pack a Pet Travel Kit

Packing your dog up for a vacation requires some extra planning and preparation. This includes making a pet travel kit that includes essentials like a food bowl, leash, spare food, waste scoop, and doggie bags. Keeping these things handy with you in the van will make traveling much easier for you and your dog.

Bring the Whole Family

When planning your next family vacation to Tampa, FL, make sure you secure your rental minivan, 11-passenger van, or SUV from Carl’s Van Rentals. We welcome the entire family, including pets and service animals. Check out our entire pet policy online and reserve your rental by calling (813) 872-7111.