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Keep your road buddy safe! Tips on traveling with dogs

The number of American traveling for the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday is expected to reach the highest level since 2007, with 46 million turkey-gobblers taking a trip over the weekend. For families hitting the road alongside their canine buddies we’d like to present some pet travel safety tips for a care-free cross-country cruise.

Pre-planning can make your trip smoother, so here are some things you can do before you leave:

  • Plan your route to include pet-friendly rest stops along the way.
  • Dress your pet appropriately for the weather, it could be cold this Thanksgiving.
  • If you need hotel accommodations, make sure they allow pets.
  • Microchip you pet and attach an updated ID tag to its collar.
  • Pack their usual food and water bowls, any medication, and favorite toys.

And while on the Road:

  • Securely fasten your dog with specialized dog seat-belts, crates, or carriers.
  • If your pal is anxious while traveling, distract her with a delicious food-based puzzle toy.
  • Take a 15-30 minute break for every 4 hours driving time, at least.

Explore.org wishes you and your loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Check out more tips from the ASPCA.

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