5 Things You Shouldn't Forget When Taking a Day-Trip With Your Dog
Who doesn’t love to take their best friend along for a day outside? It’s never fun to get to your destination and realize you’ve forgotten something essential. Here are 5 things you should never leave without to ensure your day trip with Fido is a good time:
A car harness and leash.
Your dog should be secured in your car when you travel, no matter how short the trip. Your dog can become a projectile in your car in the event of a sudden stop, but you wouldn’t want to risk his or her life in the event of even a minor incident. Once you arrive, you’ll need the leash to keep Fido under control until you get to the leash-free zone.
Water and a water bowl.
Having water accessible at all times will not only keep your dog hydrated, it will keep him from drinking from other water sources that might be hosting parasites like Giardia. There are LOADS of options available for dog owners to choose from when it comes to drinking bowls these days. Some are even collapsible to allow you to pack them away easily if you’re on the move.
Waste disposal (poop) bags.
Don’t be THAT dog owner. Be courteous and clean up after Fido so everyone can enjoy the environment. If you’re going to be somewhere without easy access to a sink, you might also want to bring plastic gloves and hand sanitizer or sanitizing wet-wipes!
You already know that Fido is a mud-magnet so an old towel could come in handy! It might be a good idea to keep an extra around for yourself if your dog loves to share his love of the mud.
Food and Treats.
If you’re out for the day you definitely won’t want your dog to skip a meal. Be sure to keep his regular supply of food, plus a little extra, since he’s going to be expending all kinds of energy outside. Treats to keep him occupied during breaks are also a fantastic idea. Of course, when it comes to diet, it’s always best to consult your veterinarian first – and follow that advice, since it will be specific to the age and health of your best friend.
Keep in mind – this is a short list. Your dog may have specific needs based on his age, condition, or the region you’ll be enjoying. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what other items you could take with you to make the most of your day outdoors.