12 Tips for Road Tripping with Your Pet

Is The Open Road Calling You?

Wahoo…Vacation time is here and it’s time to take some well-deserved time with friends and family, including our beloved pets. Do you hear the call of the open road? I often do and I always bring my best friend Lucy, my senior rottweiler. The Vitality Science Pet Health Crew has taken our animals all over the country and back again. Here are 12 essential road trip tips for traveling with your pet, to insure all of you will have a happy, safe, and healthy vacation.

12 Essential tips for traveling with your pet

  1. Trial run: Take shorter trips to see how your pet responds in the car. Do they get nervous? Do they get car sick? Cats commonly get car sick, they may become very quiet, drool, vomit or sometimes even pass out.
  2. Buckle up: According to AAA over 30,000 accidents a year are caused by an unrestrained animal in the front seat. You can ensure a safe trip for you and your pet with a pet barrier, pet seat belt, travel crate or a pet car seat.
  3. Keep heads inside the vehicle: Although they enjoy it, according to the ASPCA, long exposure to wind could cause ear damage or lung infections.
  4. Don’t leave them in the car: This is so important and can save your animal’s life. Even if you crack the window, the temperature inside the car on an 85 degree day can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes. If you are going to a place where animals are not allowed, leave them back at the hotel or tie them up outside in the shade with some water.
  5. Food and water: Make sure to offer water many times throughout a trip. When it comes to feeding, it is important to keep them on a normal routine. Make sure their normal food is available when you stop and that you have enough for the round trip or that you’ve located places that sell it along the way. Road trips aren’t the time to pick up something cheap just until you get home, unless you want to deal with the digestive aftermath.
  6. Bring tummy settlers: There are some things, like canned pumpkin and yogurt, that can help settle upset tummies. They’ll pacify a sick pup for a bit and also tone down dog gas which is very important business when you’re in a confined area.
  7. Bring something familiar: Don’t forget to bring something familiar. Their favorite toy or blanket will make them feel safe and comforted.
  8. Keep them busy: A good quality chew toy will activate your dog’s brain and keep them busy for many hours. A piece of cardboard makes for a good on-the-go scratching post for your cat. It will not only keep your cat entertained, but may save your car and hotel furniture from scratches.
  9. Take a break: The American Veterinary Medical Association advises pet owners to stop every 2-3 hours for your pet to use the bathroom and get some exercise. Never allow your pet to leave the car without a collar, leash and ID tags, even for cats. For a cat’s bathroom break, bring a travel kitty litter box with plenty of litter.
  10. Planned your stops: Most pets, and people for that matter, will start to get restless after about 8 hours of driving.  So, make plans to stop every 8 hrs for some much needed rest and relaxation. To plan your pet friendly trip click here.
  11. Pet Friendly Hotels: Many hotels are pet friendly, but it’s always best to plan ahead. Often you will have to pay an extra fee of around $25. To find a pet friendly hotel for your trip go to  www.pet-friendly-hotels.net
  12. Pet First Aid Kit: It always good to plan for the worst and hope for the best. This is what we recommend as a safe travel pet kit. Gauze, bandages, and tweezers. Pet Shield,colloidal silver gel for cuts and rashes. Vitality Science Pet Flora for stomach upset. Luxolite in case of anything being accidentally ingested that may be toxic.

My senior dog Lucy on a road trip from Taos, NM to Seattle, WA. It was so much fun!

Travel is fun, but takes a pet out of their regular routine and environment. There is nothing worse than having a sick animal on the road, so keep them happy and healthy by preparing and packing for them as much as you would yourself. And, enjoy the open road.

Summary of Vitality Science Product Recommendations for Road Trips.

  • Soothing Solution – Give as often as needed during and before trips for nervous behavior and hyperactivity.
  • Pet Flora – Our soil based probiotic does not need to be refrigerated, so is handy to have  for upset stomachs, gas, and to maintain a healthy gut.
  • Luxolite – Bentonite clay for stomach upset, and to detox from an accidental ingestion.
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Nancy Raicaldo
Nancy Raicaldo
2018-12-19T16:07:31+0000
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2018-11-17T15:27:40+0000
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Mary Carmen Shannon
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2018-07-13T19:47:29+0000
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Sandra L. Espinoza Bradford
Sandra L. Espinoza Bradford
2018-06-22T16:52:40+0000
My wee 13 year old cat was so incredibly sick 2 years ago. She was diagnosed with IBS after an ultra sound and it was all throughout her entire intestinal tract.. After searching long & hard I found the Vitality Science website. I looked for negative reviews and literally could not find one! So I ordered and received what's now called the Gastro Prime Combo and noticed results within a few days! No more huge barfs on the floor! After about 8 months she went down to the lowest dose of her meds from the vet who was SUPER impressed with her results as well! I give her the Super Food as well as the Flex n Free as she's gettin up there in age and is arthritic now.. She still tears around the house and plays with her toys like she's a kitten (but not nearly for as long!) I also should mention that the Flex & Free is a miracle! She was in too much pain to even jump up on the couch and after I'd given it to her daily for a month, she was jumping up on the couch AND my bed which is at least a foot higher! Miracle I tell you!
Michelle Covin
Michelle Covin
2018-05-08T19:27:23+0000
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Hilary Klein
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2018-02-27T17:09:35+0000
My cat Kojo was diagnosed with IBD, which is incredibly difficult to treat. Vitality Science’s GI Distress and Herbal Anti tincture drops have been lifesavers, along with a limited ingredient diet. He’s been on the drops for a few years.
Dennis Hunter
Dennis Hunter
2018-02-11T05:07:56+0000
Vitality Science is a godsend if you have a vomiting kitty or one with digestive issues or diarrhea. Their products have helped my cats tremendously. Steven Becker there freely offers a wealth of knowledge and information on feline health. Thank you VS!!
Georgene Cevasco
Georgene Cevasco
2018-01-30T19:43:11+0000
Our cat was extremely sick for months in 2016. We had trouble getting a good diagnosis then when we did he was to ill for any intensive treatment. He had hardening of the intestines from what is basically the cat version of severe IBS and the vet suspected lymphoma as well. He also had a sharp decline in his vision from nutrient deficiencies. A year ago, we were basically at the point that we were counting our days with him when I started trying an elimination and add back diet to find out what he could and couldn't eat. We have virtually elimated poultry and corn and only give him foods that have been pureed. This change allowed him to keep his food down most of the time. When we started adding Vitality Science Feline Comfort Plus and Luxolite daily, he started to gain weight, his bowel movements normalized, and inflamation in his mouth and throat healed. We have maintained the addition of Feline Comfort and the changes made to his diet. Though he is still mostly blind, he is overall healthy and happy again. Our vet even asked how we managed to help him recover so well. Seems like animal health care needs an overhaul, but I'm thankful that I found the right solution for our sweet cat.
Aja Burns
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2018-01-26T06:09:44+0000
Our very precious black cat who is a member of our family was diagnosed with lymphoma in October. We were crushed. Our vets wanted us to do chemo etc... In the interim, I researched holistic approaches and thankfully found Vitality Science. I am happy to say our sweet black cat is doing so well. No need for even the steroid he was on before. An absolute miracle. As well, the company itself is amazing. Anytime I had questions they would call or email and very quickly. Their customer service team is aces as well. Thank you to everyone at Vitality Science.
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2017-12-19T02:15:38+0000
Cindy Lorusso
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2017-12-12T14:12:53+0000
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2017-07-11T16:01:39+0000
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2017-03-01T23:15:08+0000
Your products saved our dog's life..literally!!! She was diagnosed with IBD and was dying until a client of yours turned us onto your products and we started her on them. Thank you so much for developing such products!!!
Eda Gowdy
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2016-09-19T16:05:42+0000
I cant say thank you enough for saving my cats life. Like many other stories here, the results are astounding. After months of watching my beautiful bengal vomit himself to death, being wrongly diagnosed and nearly euthanized we were advised by the vet we hired to euthanize him that he did not have kidney disease, but probably IBD/IBS. We treated him for his vomiting and dehydration and I immediately started researching the disease. I ordered your products and started him on the Feline Comfort Plus. I even received a sample of the clay, which is also wonderful! I can't thank you enough for giving my cat his life back and for giving us ours too! With Love and Gratitude...thank you! DD
DD Westerman
DD Westerman
2016-09-13T17:49:01+0000
I should probably mention that when I adopted 6 year old Angelique, I did not have much of a background on her (I noticed her soiled bottom) Soon an occasional bad poo turned into severe IBS and poor baby, Angelique also has acid reflux...we were both miserable and my off white carpet was absolutely ruined. Much to my horror, my own family kept suggesting that I should find another home for her so I could get some sleep and stop running up my credit card debt on vet bills... I was really worried that I might lose Angelique. She was wasting away and at 5.75 lbs, she didn't have much to lose. I could also her moan whenever I'd pick her up. It hurt me to know that she was hurting soo much. Praise the Lord, a concerned friend told me about Vitality Science!! Let me tell you that the first time Angelique had a normal formed poo, I was soo excited that I almost took a picture of it to send to Stephen!! I really did! Angelique soon began to heal and by the end of 3 months she consistently had ONLY healthy poos. WOW- No more worries!! I finally felt confident that when I fed her that she would be fine. No more bad poos!! When I took Angelique back in to our vet to have her poo cultured, our vet was soo thrilled and excited about the change in Angelique's appearance and most of all her demeanor ((it had been a good 2 months since Angelique had been in) that she had to take Angelique through the whole office to show her to the other vets and techs to show them how great she looked!! Angelique's eyes were bright and shiny, her tail was wagging and she had given our vet the first happy kiss ever!! My friends noticed that Angelique's personality just blossomed as well, so I need to say,Thanks Vitality Science, thanks so much for giving me such a great dog!! JulieI wish I could post a picture - she's adorable too!
Jullia Jane Briggs
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2016-08-24T03:40:08+0000
Just received Super Pet Enzymes, Pet Flora, Feline Comfort and Luxolite for my beloved cat Sabrina. She has been suffering with gastrointestinal problems dating back three month. No one has been able to diagnose her and no successful treatment. So here I am under the care of these lovely, caring and true champions of our fur babies. Thank you Stephen Becker for your guidance and compassion. Optimistically hopeful for the recovery of my beauty Sabrina. THANK YOU!
Clara Diaz
Clara Diaz
2016-02-22T23:34:38+0000
Melanie J. Ashbaugh
Melanie J. Ashbaugh
2015-09-06T03:26:56+0000
My sweet kitty Spike was diagnosed with jaw cancer back in February. It's aggressive and, according to what I read, with no treatment, takes about a month or two before it's too much and takes the cats life. He had masses in his jaw, on his lungs and his heart. I was advised by a great pet oncologist to have part of his jaw removed and start chemo and radiation. There was never a single second that that was an option in my mind. I found the Feline Cancer Treatment online and he's been on it ever since. It's been 6 months now and he's doing great. He still may go from the cancer but it appears as if I'm getting about the same amount of extra time with him that I would have with the medical treatment as it only gives you about a year or so more. Hopefully I'll get even more time than that! I also give it to my other cat in smaller doses and he started out skin and bones. We had his thyroid tested regularly and couldn't find the cause of his inability to gain weight. That one is now on a diet because over the last six months of getting these supplements he's gotten way too fat! So it's expensive but not nearly as much as the surgery and treatment was going to be. This will be part of my cats diet for as long as they are with me now. Thank you SO much for giving my kitties more time!
Christy Lillard
Christy Lillard
2015-08-22T13:16:05+0000
Dr. Becker and his products at Vitality Science saved my precious kitty, Amie. Thanks to his advice and to Vital Pet Lipids, Celloquent, Uro-Cleanse, and Luxolite, she has made nothing short of a miraculous recovery. She had a seriously low white blood count, had constant urinary tract infections, stopped eating. Thousands of dollars at the vet and an internal med specialist couldn't help. She seemed to get sicker when on pharmaceuticals. Her last blood test two weeks ago revealed that her white blood count is well in the normal range. Thanks a million.
Holly Briggs
Holly Briggs
2015-03-07T23:45:22+0000
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Millie Springer
Millie Springer
2014-08-27T01:52:57+0000
Julie Phillips
Julie Phillips
2014-06-19T09:46:16+0000
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Gery Gerald Hofer
Gery Gerald Hofer
2014-04-06T17:08:20+0000
Mary Becker
Mary Becker
2014-01-14T05:09:06+0000
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2013-11-23T19:48:35+0000
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2013-09-02T17:09:17+0000
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2013-06-22T17:29:19+0000

6 thoughts on “12 Tips for Road Tripping with Your Pet

  1. samuel orris says:

    My dog likes to keep his head outside of the window. But from now i will try to keep his head inside. I always try to follow most of rules mentioned here. By the way thanks for sharing these info.

    • LeLa Becker says:

      Thank you for being such a lovely customer. Like anything in life you must go with what feels right to you. I would say that this rule would only truly apply on the highway. I feel like jotting around town would be less of an issue. Dogs like to take in all the smells that pass by on a car ride, it is nice to let them enjoy that once in a while 🙂

  2. Judy says:

    Thanks for the appropriate tips. My dog sleeps on road trips most of the time. I don’t know how can he sleep during exciting trips? Anyways keep up the good work.

  3. Tim Yaotome says:

    Thanks for the tip about how one should opt to tie dogs outside when heading out of the car to a convenience store to catch a bite. Speaking of dogs, should one get a more noticeable collar when taking Fido on a trip? Aside from collars, can wearing a dog tag during a trip make finding him easier?

  4. Bonnie says:

    I see some people who keep their pet locked in the cars in road trips. Which is completely wrong from my view. Because any thing bad can be happened with them.

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