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How to Prepare For Your First Road Trip With Pets

Your First Road Trip With Pets

Pets may love the excitement of a road trip, but it can also cause them stress. At Animal General, serving New York City and the surrounding area, our experienced veterinarian staff can provide assistance when you want to take your furry friend on your next excursion. Here are travel tips for your pet’s first road trip.

Acclimate Your Pet to Car Trips

If your dog hasn’t spent much time in the car other than visits to the veterinarian, take him to a local park or other natural setting so that he can associate road trips with having fun. For cats, leave the cat carrier open in your home and encourage Fluffy to spend time inside the carrier. That way, it will be less stressful for your cat to be put in the carrier once it’s time to hit the road. You will also need to figure out the best way to secure your dog inside your vehicle during pet road trips.

Food and Water

A consistent feeding schedule is important for keeping your pet comfortable while on the road. And make sure your pet stays hydrated. It’s also necessary to have their regular food on hand as it's not a good idea to make a change in your pet’s daily diet while traveling.


Make sure you’ve taken your pet on car excursions around town to see if car sickness may be an issue. If so, find out from your veterinarian if motion sickness or sedation medications are good options for your pet. You’ll also need to ensure that your pet’s immunizations are up to date, and pack up your pet’s medical and vaccine records in the event of an emergency.

Contact us in New York City

With these travel tips, you can have a stress-free road trip adventure with your pet. At Animal General, serving New York City and the surrounding area, we’re here to help you with best practices for traveling with your furry friend. For more information about how to prepare for pet road trips or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (212) 501-9600 today!

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