Traveling with your furry companion can be challenging, to say the least, as you need to ensure that his or her comfort is taken care of. If you travel by car, it might be a good idea to make a schedule so that you do not spend more than five or six hours in the car at a time. Why’s that?
The fact of the matter is that many pets, whether they are rabbits, cats, or dogs, can become stressed while having to travel by car. The option of using calming supplements might not be viable, under this circumstance, especially if you have a drive of at least several days ahead of you.
Wouldn’t it be simpler for you to avoid taking your pet with you entirely? In a way, yes. Nonetheless, there are multiple factors to take into account when you intend to hit the road, and for some pet parents, it might be hard to entrust the health and safety of their animals to someone else. Boarding facilities are available across the country and pretty much all over the world, but as is the case with such places, some are better than others.
What to feed your pet when you’re on the road
There are several simple guidelines you should bear in mind when it comes to ensuring that your pet gets the right nutrients even when you’re traveling. If your vet has recommended a specific regimen, you should try your best to stick to it as much as you can.
However, this might not be possible in some situations. One thing we have to note is that, should you prefer feeding your dog or cat canned food on occasion or regularly, you need to make sure that it is stored properly. We would recommend feeding the animal a diet of dry food while you’re in the car driving, and wet food only at night.
Do not make the error of believing that, if your cat hasn’t finished a small portion of wet food, you can feed the rest to him or her in the car, the next day. Food that isn’t stored appropriately, and therefore, in the fridge, might be at the root of several medical conditions and cause various digestive disorders.
Ensure the right nutrients
Part of the challenge of keeping your pet healthy and happy when you’re on the road is making sure that he or she gets the right vitamins, minerals, and all of the other nutrients that the animal needs to keep his biological functions on par.
In case you didn’t know, dogs are considered omnivores, unlike cats as the second are the very definition of carnivores. That does not imply that you should feed your canine buddy highly fermentable foods like corn, beans, cabbage, and anything else that might be part of your usual diet. Not only do these do nothing in the way of providing the right nutrients, but they might cause an upset stomach. Who knows when you might end up at the vet’s office somewhere in the middle of nowhere?
There are many tips on choosing food for your dog or cat online, so do a bit of research before getting out of the house and hitting the road. Common sense will get you anywhere, though, so if you stick to the basic rules that spoiled food will automatically endanger your pet, you can prevent such mishaps.