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Hi all --

So we leave in about 15 days for a two week road trip where we will travel back to the midwest for a Family Reunion. We're taking Snickers along with us. This is our first road trip with a pet of any kind. We're planning on bringing her crate along as well as her grooming combs and brush and food of course - a toy or 4 - her leash and poop bags etc.

Tips from you experienced travelers would be much appreciated.

I've tried to lay out a decent plan where we're pretty well assured of finding a pet friendly hotel / motel each night. I know there are certain chains that are pet friendly.

What are we missing - and some 'don't forgets'!!

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We always bring shampoo (waterless and regular) because you never know when you might need to give a foot or butt bath. We also keep baby wipes and paper towels handy.

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I would plan a rest stop every 2-3 hours, especially if this is your first road trip. She might curl up and sleep the entire trip. If that is the case, don't feel the need to stop and wake her up. But if she's fussy and restless, the frequent breaks will help everyone. :-)

Also, be a little careful about when you feed her. Even dogs that don't normally get carsick, can sometimes get an upset stomach after spending several hours in the car. ESPECIALLY once you start giving her water from different places. For whatever reason, changing the water frequently can sometimes upset a dog's stomach, as well. I guess different cities "treat" their water with different things, so....
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NutriCal!! You may quickly realize that after hours and hours in the car, Snickers gets car sick! Roscoe is great on short trips, but often after a couple of hours in the car he tends to get car sick. In order to avoid this, we feed him the night before, and then the morning of the trip we just give him some water and NutriCal. We also give him a bit of NutriCal here and there throughout the drive (or plane ride), depending on how long it is. Her food bowls from home - she may not eat out of bowls that she is not used to!

Also don't forget pee pads, towels (in case she pukes), and bags for puppy trash. Definitely baby wipes as Leslie mentioned. Also a blanket that smells like home for her crate.

What will she be riding in during the trip? My guys hate to be in their crates during car rides, and instead I have puppy car seats.

If I think of more stuff, I will add it. Otherwise, "Hav" a great trip!

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I would plan a rest stop every 2-3 hours, especially if this is your first road trip. She might curl up and sleep the entire trip. If that is the case, don't feel the need to stop and wake her up. But if she's fussy and restless, the frequent breaks will help everyone. :-)

Also, be a little careful about when you feed her. Even dogs that don't normally get carsick, can sometimes get an upset stomach after spending several hours in the car. ESPECIALLY once you start giving her water from different places. For whatever reason, changing the water frequently can sometimes upset a dog's stomach, as well. I guess different cities "treat" their water with different things, so....
Emphasis mine.

Excellent point! We always take bottled water and only let Tori have that when we travel.

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You may not need it but (just in case) a copy of Snickers shots records

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Rosie doesn't travel--get car sick after 2.1 miles. That is the distance to our office from home. If I go farther, she pukes. So I don't have any experience with her; but lots of experience with others. I could put them in a car and go anywhere for however long it took with no problems. I didn't have a car seat--they just laid in the back seat. I only took food and water.

BUT the single most hint I have is be careful where you let them go potty or walk. The grass at hotels and service stations and rest stops are full of FLEAS. I never took a dog without coming home with fleas until I figured it out and took them for walks in the country side. At motels, I would go to the least traveled place I could find and usually with the older dogs, they could wait until we got somewhere else. Not always possible I know especially with a puppy. And don't let them around other peoples dogs, yuu don't know what they can pass on. Also think worms when they are walked where other dogs have been. Pee Pads are wonderful things. My last two dogs wouldn't go except in tall grass or behind something so they couldn't be seen. We have had to turn off on country roads and find tall grass. Rosie doesn't care, she will go anywhere.
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We traveled from NH to FL this spring with Tucker (3 days each way). He did great, but this was our first car trip with him and we were concerned. Definitely use bottled water, get a car seat large enough for Snickers to lay down in, search out least used potty areas, diligently use baby wipes on Snickers feet after. Remember, they lick themselves and who knows what they'll pickup. A biggie for Tucker was to feed him at night. Be ready for people to ask what kind of dog Snickers is. Enjoy the trip. My guess is 99% of the time our Havs do great and enjoy the ride.
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Make sure Snickers is wearing a well-fitted collar with her microchip tag and an ID tag with your CELL phone numbers.

Make sure you have her microchip number in your wallet (or wherever). Take a copy of her shot records (should a hotel or unplanned trip to the groomer require it).

A spare leash.

A small first aid kit for dogs (you can put this together yourself).

Don't forget the bowls for food/water.

I assume her bedding will be in the crate. You may want to bring your own sheet or large towel to put over the hotel bed if Snickers is going to spend any time on there. Just a small courtesy for the cleaning staff - plus I honestly wouldn't want my dog inadvertently licking anything off a hotel bed.

How is she riding in the car? In her crate or on the seat? If she's on the seat you want either a seat harness or a booster seat that you can strap her into for safe riding.

That's my .02.

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NutriCal!! You may quickly realize that after hours and hours in the car, Snickers gets car sick! Roscoe is great on short trips, but often after a couple of hours in the car he tends to get car sick. In order to avoid this, we feed him the night before, and then the morning of the trip we just give him some water and NutriCal. We also give him a bit of NutriCal here and there throughout the drive (or plane ride), depending on how long it is.
Really?!? I have never heard of that before. I have nutrical for Belle but what I picture is a car sick dog bouncing off the walls-lol!

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