7 Signs to Hit the Road this Summer with Your Pet


Summer travel with pets is increasingly gaining pace among Americans!

Are you eager to hit the road with your furry buddy gearing up for the adventure of a lifetime? However, being a responsible pet parent, you need to check off a few mandatory tasks from your To-Do List. Here are 7 signs to know that you are ready to hit the road this summer with your pet!

1. You’ve Given Your Pet a Complete Physical Check

While you are ready for the summer travel, you need to ensure that your pet is in the proper physical condition and takes on the dualities that the road might have to offer. When your pet passes the physical test, you can be well assured that your pooch is ready to leave the familiarity of your home and adapt to a new environment.

It would be great to get a certification for the same since some regions and spots ask for health verification for both pets and pet owners. 

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2. Your Vet has Signed Off on the Trip

While we spoke about getting your pet a complete physical examination, we might as well add this point here. Visit your Vet in advance and confirm whether your pet is in the condition to travel. This is especially important in cases of pets with injuries or illnesses or the senior fur folks who need the confirmation of their Vet to take on a trip. You can also ask them to help you out with on-road measures to help your pet in times of emergency during the Trip.

Also Read: Traveling with a sick pet: Dos & Don’ts

3. Your RV is Serviced and in Top-Notch Condition

If you are taking a road trip, RV travel is a good way to ensure convenience and hands-on facilities. Before you take out your RV, get it thoroughly serviced to check for any dysfunctionalities and potential breakdowns. While unserviced RVs are a pain for regular travels, they might add an extra layer of difficulty when you have your pets traveling with you as well.

For instance, leakages are some hindrances that can directly affect you and your pet and, therefore, need to be looked at before you commence your trip with your furry family.

4. You have a Plan for Handling Emergencies and Extra Expenses

One cannot be too careful when traveling, especially when traveling with pets. It is ideal for creating a contingency plan that will include road emergencies and extra expenses. Having a contingency plan in place will help you make informed decisions in the nick of time and prevent damages. 

For instance, get insurance for your RV, traveler’s insurance, and of course, pet insurance to stay on the safer side. You should also create an emergency kit that includes a first aid kit, some protein bars, a flashlight, extra batteries, water, and extra cash, to name a few. 

You can also install the Waggle Pet Monitor in your RV to ensure your pet’s security and safety in the RV while you step out! The monitor will track the RV temperature and send instant alerts in the form of SMS and emails in case of emergencies.

5.Your Pet has Received all the Necessary Vaccinations 

Many American states do not allow pets without vaccine certifications. To give them a clean bill of health, your pet needs to be on top of its vaccination game. Some of the vaccines you should get your pet are canine hepatitis, distemper, canine parvovirus, and rabies, to name a few.

Also Read: How to Travel with Your Aging Pet

6. Your Pet is Spayed or Neutered

If your pet is nearing the heat stage, it is better to talk to your vet about neutering/spaying your pet. This is even more important if you plan to travel with them since the first heat in pets can often lead to behavioral issues like marking, aggression, and simple disobedience with respect to roaming.

Ensure that your pet is neutered/spayed 2-3 weeks before your travel plans, allowing them to adjust to the new changes and avoiding nasty surprises while during the trip.

7. Your Pet has Transitioned from its Puppy Stage

It might be adorable to have a puppy to share your travel memories and adventures. However, it is essential to let them build up their defenses and get stronger and more self-reliant before hitting the road! If your pet is still under three months old, it is ideal to postpone your summer travel or put them in the care of someone you trust.  By enabling your puppy to grow and become self-reliant, you make this trip a lot safer and more fun for them. 

Also Read: 7 Tips to Remember When Flying with Dogs

We hope that your summer travel plans are in place, and this list helps you be more prepared to transit along with your precious pooch. 

Give your travel buddy an extra layer of protection with Waggle Pet Temperature Monitor. This monitor is easy to install and access. Just peel, stick and forget!

Happy and safe travels to you and your pet!

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