Traveling by car with a disabled pet is easier than you think. It just takes a little thought and preparation. To help you through the planning process, we’ve put together a video with step-by-step instructions so you’ll have a successful road trip with your paralyzed dog.
Tips for taking a successful road trip with a paralyzed dog video
In case you missed it in the video here’s your road trip check list
- Check with your veterinarian to be sure your dog is healthy enough to travel.
- Ask how many hours (or miles) you should travel each day.
- Be sure your car is climate controlled for the area you are visiting. (If you don’t have air conditioning, do not travel through the desert).
- Map out places along the way where you can stop to express your dog’s bladder.
- Plan where you will stay each night and if the hotel, motel or campground accepts dogs.
Essentials you’ll need while traveling by car with a disabled pet
- Pack your dog’s medications, diapers, pee pads and baby wipes.
- Take your pup’s lifting or support harness, booties and wheelchair.
- Take medical and vaccination records. Update vaccinations before you leave so your dog is protected for the area where you are traveling. (eg: Lyme disease or fleas)
- Pack a bed, bedding or soft crate for inside the car. Make sure it is secure so your dog is stable while the vehicle is moving.
- Be sure your dog is wearing an ID tag that includes your cell number.
- Bring your dog’s regular food, bottled water and bowls.
- Pack your dog’s bed, stroller and leash.
- Take your pup’s favorite toys.
- Pack a pet first aid kit and towels.
One of our most popular posts
Our new video is based on a longer story called, Tips For A Successful Road Trip. It’s one of the most popular posts on Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog because it includes real-life experiences from pet families.
Some of these pet owners travel often with their disabled pup while others shared experiences about doing a cross country trip for the first time. Each came up with unique strategies that kept their dogs happy and healthy while they were on the road. Many of their tips are incorporated into our checklist.
- Pet Mom Marie suggested that you bring bottled water. She pointed out the water in each city can carry a slightly different bacteria and cause an upset stomach for your dog. Carrying bottled water solves this potential problem.
- Pet Mom Mary packs a stroller in addition to her dog’s wheelchair. That way when they check into their hotel, the two of them can explore the new surroundings together.
- And Pet Mom Tina took a raised dog bed so her small pup could see out the window while they traveled.
You can read all of the travel tips from seasoned pet families by clicking on the original story: Tips For A Successful Road Trip With Your Paralyzed Dog
Do you have a tip to share?
If you’ve had a successful road trip or if your time on the road with your paralyzed pup turned into a learning experience, please share your story below. I’m always updating stories and I’d love to add yours.