Pets are Family, Too

June 6, 2018

Pets are Family, Too

You want your furry little friend to come with you on vacation and we totally understand! After all, pets are family too and a family vacation would not be complete without them. Luckily Minnesota Northwoods has 6 member resorts that allow pets and we want to make sure you get to your destination safely.

  • Prep your pet for riding in a car on a long trip.
    • Take your pet on a series of short drives before heading out on your vacation. Have each drive be a little bit longer than the last until your pet can comfortable and calmly withstand the entire drive without becoming agitated.
  • Depending on how long the drive is you will want to bring a nice size carrier or crate for your pet.
    • This crate should be big enough for your pet to comfortably stand up, lay down, and move a bit. Once you have the crate or carrier, make sure you secure it so it will not move around when driving or when your pet moves.
  • Bring a travel kit for your pet.
    • The kit should include food, a bowl, doggie bags, water, grooming supplies, medication (if needed) and travel documents including proof your pet has been vaccinated. Some states do require proof when traveling with your pet.
  • Feed your pet a light meal prior to your trip.
    • Before leaving, feed your pet a light meal. This helps to prevent them from getting sick during your trip. When it comes to stopping to feed your pet, make sure you stop for about an hour. This will give your pet plenty of time to eat their food and start digesting it without any disruptions.
  • Never leave your animal alone in a vehicle.
    • Even when windows are open, it is still dangerous to leave your pet in a vehicle alone. Leaving a pet alone in a vehicle alone in any weather is not allowed in 28 states and the remaining 22 have laws about animal cruelty and neglect.

Traveling with your furry companion adds a little extra effort, but with these tips it should make things go much more smoothly.

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