Creature comforts for the ride

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Just because you dig road trips doesn’t mean your pet does. Many pets simply prefer the comforts of home.

But if your furry friend is coming on vacation, you can make the experience more bearable. If your pet has car jitters, slowly driving around the block a few times before the trip might help. Many pets get carsick, so ask your veterinarian about anti-nausea medication before hitting the road.

In the car, make sure your pet is secure — either in a crate or a safety harness. Keep the temperature comfortable and play gentle music to block out road noise.

Make frequent pit stops for your pooch, but steer clear of common areas and use spots less apt to be contaminated with germs. Offer him or her some water and a snack, but save meals for day’s end.

By providing creature comforts, you can both enjoy the ride.