Traveling With Your Pets – Do’s & Don’ts

by Diane Burket

Follow this advice and you’ll have a great trip with your fuzzy one!

* Get your dog accustomed to riding in a vehicle by taking short drives first.  I’ve had every type of dog riders – pukers, stressers, sleepers & happy dogs.  Some dogs will never be happy when riding in a vehicle—so be prepared for whatever comes up—disposable wipes, rags, towels, etc.

*Always secure your pet in a crate or carrier, or with a harness or travel seat while driving.  A free roaming dog or cat can easily get hurt or killed if you have to stop suddenly.  Cats are known to crawl under the gas or brake pedal—so be sure to keep them secure.  Pets have fallen out of windows to their death.  Very unfortunate and very avoidable.  I use a harness.  It has saved my dog from going through the windshield on more than one occasion.  She loves to go places with me and knows we don’t go anywhere without a safety harness.

*Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside or how short of a time period you’ll be gone, leaving your pet alone in the car is incredibly dangerous. Even with the windows open, cars can easily become furnaces in hot weather, and in cold weather, they quickly become frigid.  If you absolutely, positively have to leave your pup or other pet in the car for just a few minutes—just carry a spare key and leave the vehicle running with the heat or a/c on.

Dog, Window, Truck, Semi, Pet, Animal

*Don’t feed your pet a huge meal before going on a trip. Same goes for giving your pet a lot to drink. We all know how easy it is to get a little car sick—avoid the possibility of making your pet miserable on a long car ride by only feeding light meals. If you can, try to not feed your pet in the three to four hours prior to setting off.

Bamboo Silicone Pop-Up Travel Bowl, Colors Vary

*Keep a pet kit in the car. Fill a small box with some things you might need while out with your pet: extra water, food bowl, treats, a towel, waste bags, first aid essentials, toys, pet bed and cleaning wipes (if you’ve ever had a pet get sick in your car, you know that the more cleaning aids you have on hand the better!). Keep the kit in the trunk of your car so you know that you’re always covered in an emergency.

Solvit HomeAway Pet Travel Organizer Kit

*Bring a copy of your Pet’s Medical Information.  Whenever folks bring their dogs to me for boarding, I insist they bring their Medical Records.  If anything should happen to their dog, I’ll have all the information I need to give to an Emergency Vet.

Medical, Record, Health, Patient, Form

For more helpful hints, check out this article.  Click here

Ticks – Yikes! Gross! What to do….

by Diane Burket

I don't use chemicals on my pets.  Period.  Frontline, Advantix or other topicals—They are neurotoxins and can kill your pets.  Flea and tick collars = deadly neurotoxins.  Shampoos and sprays—NO!  I love my pets and will not knowingly put them in harm's way.

So….what's a loving pet owner to do??

Shampoo your pets with Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Oil Soap.  Great for your pets and great for your own body, too.   Smells great and fleas and ticks hate it.

See a tick??  Immediately remove it very easily with a Tick Key—A low-tech, inexpensive tool to always have on hand.
I keep one on the leash, on my keychain and give many as gifts.  
Be sure to use the alcohol swabs to clean the bite area.   
Ticks can cause Lyme Disease and in some cases, will kill your pet.

If you notice your pet has any of these symptoms after removing a tick—get him/her to the vet immediately!  Take the dead tick with you to the doctor for testing.

  • ​Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

Treat the area around your home with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It is totally organic and safe—and inexpensive! The reason it's "Food Grade" is that some farmers add Diatomaceous Earth to the animals' feed to kill parasites.   So the Food Grade is safe for your pets and your kids!
Purchase an inexpensive flea comb.

If you see your pet itch….grab your flea comb and use right away and see if there's a flea or tick there.
The flea comb is able to remove fleas easily.  Just be sure to kill them immediately 'cuz those little guys can jump very far.   Maybe even on YOU!
My pets love to be combed with a flea comb.  😉

Feel free to leave any comments, below.  I'd love to hear from you!


Going On A Road Trip With Your Pet? Be Prepared!

by Diane Burket

Check out the app.
Lots of pet-friendly lodging information, airline regulations, outdoor restaurants, dog attractions, boarding, discounts and so much more!

Here’s a great article on’s blog with tons of info about pet travel.

I occasionally board dogs with this organization and they are a terrific group of people that really love and care about dogs.
Remember to always secure your pet with a harness or be or in a crate when traveling. Just as you always wear a seatbelt for safety—your pets should be safe, too.  So many pets are injured or killed when allowed to roam freely in a vehicle.
Please plan in advance to have a great trip with your dog(s).