Lucy Postins, founder of the innovative whole food pet line, The Honest Kitchen, shares five of her top tips and precautions for pet-owners who are traveling with their pets this summer.
1 – Tag Them. Be sure your pets wear their identity tags with them at all times. If your home phone number is printed on the tag, consider taping over it with your cell phone number so you can be reached while you are traveling. Being in a strange place can make pets anxious and more likely to bolt – and less likely to find their way back to you.
2 – Prep Before the Trip. Before you leave, make sure your pets get in some exercise and a chance to relieve themselves. If you can, bring lots of fresh, clean drinking water and a water bowl, and stop for frequent potty breaks to avoid the risk of bladder infections. You may also serve them a puppy road trip favorite – Ice Pups, a grain free treat for both dogs and cats, are ideal to help hydrate your pets during the summer months, especially when you may chill them as a refreshing beverage, or freeze the liquid in ice cube trays to make a healthy, puppy-sorbet!
3 – Buckle Up. The excitement of new sights and sounds during travel can make pets excited and want to jump around in the car. A secure carrier or pet seatbelt makes the trip more enjoyable for everyone.
4 – Work Up A Sweat. Exercise not only prevents you from packing on the pounds, it’s also a great way to tucker your pets out and help them feel calm in strange surroundings or routines. Dogs tend to unwind in outdoor settings, while cats are better suited for indoor activities.
5 – Keep Them Occupied. For long travels or periods of time when your pets must be confined, keep them out of trouble with treats that can keep them occupied, like Beams, an instant best-seller as a natural dehydrated fish dog treat. Beams are made from pure, wild-caught Atlantic Catfish skins that are an excellent source of lean protein treat for the road – it is guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest dogs. Flexible canvas travel crates are also an excellent investment if you travel frequently or only need the crate on occasion because they stow away easily under a bed, as long as your pet is not a destructive chewer.
These are just a few of the top travel tips for pets from Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen, an innovative line of dehydrated whole foods for dogs and cats that features high quality ingredients for happy, healthy pets.
About The Honest Kitchen
The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods for dogs and cats, which are made with love in a human food facility (not in a pet food plant) for the highest possible quality standards. Dehydration is a gentle technique that removes only the moisture and retains most natural nutrients found in raw, whole foods. The private, family-owned company is based in San Diego CA. The Honest Kitchen’s products are developed with uncompromising attention to detail, by a company of pet lovers with a passion for food. For more information, please visit www.TheHonestKitchen.com.