How to make sure your pet has a good time on vacation too

When it comes time to take a vacation, don’t forget to invite your family pet along for the ride. Traveling with your pet adds an extra element of fun to your getaway and means you don’t have to make separate arrangements for feeding and boarding your pet while you are gone.

There are also a few things you can do to make sure your pet enjoys your vacation as much as the family. Here are tips to keep your pet happy and healthy during your travels.

* It’s important to eat well, even on the road. Convenience store snacks only go so far for your family, and a diet filled with heavy meals and sugary snacks can lead to upset stomachs and crabbiness. The same goes for your pets. Brands like Spring Naturals offer wholesome, nutritious dinners made with more real meat, poultry and fish, along with generous helpings of whole fruits and vegetables. Even their treats are made with real meat, whole grains and fresh produce, to help keep your pet feeling healthy and vibrant. The lickable liquid treat, called the Lickety Stik from PetSafe, is also a good, all-natural treat. The handy roller-ball top dispenser and screw-on cap make it convenient and it easily fits in the glove compartment or your back pocket.

* Don’t forget the toys. Just as you bring games to keep your kids entertained, don’t forget to pack something for your pets. Whether you use them for a game of fetch at the rest stop or to give them something to gnaw on during a long drive, Bionic toys are ultra-tough toys engineered to withstand heavy use. And because fewer than 5 percent of dogs outsmart their products, you can rest assured that your puppy’s toy will survive the vacation intact.

* Beat the heat. It’s important to keep your family and your pets well hydrated, especially in hot seasonal temperatures. To keep your dog extra refreshed bring along FrostyBowlz. The bowl’s FrostyCore can be placed in the freezer overnight, then simply place it in between the stainless steel bowl and bottom tray to keep water cool for up to 16 hours. The core can even act as a cooler pack for your family’s foods when not in use.

* Don’t forget the first aid kit. In addition to bandages, sunscreen and other safety items for your family, it’s smart to pack a few emergency resources for your pet, too. Make sure to remember any medications your pet might need during the trip and your vet’s phone number. Pet care professionals also recommend always having a muzzle on hand, in case your pet gets injured on your trip. The Company of Animals Baskerville Ultra Muzzle is a great option. It’s designed to allow pets to pant and drink through soft, yet durable mesh. Make sure your dog is also up to date on preventative treatments for ticks and other pests before you leave, especially if you plan on spending time outdoors. Also look for the 2 in 1 Flea & Tick Comb from the Company of Animals that fits perfectly on your key chain.

Whether you’re playing in the lake or heading out on a long trail hike, having a pet along for your vacation can make your trip that much more enjoyable. By taking these simple steps, you’ll make sure your pet has a trip to remember, too.