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.

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.


- Don't forget the toys. Just as you bring games to keep your kids entertained, don't forget to pack something for your pets.


- Beat the heat. It's important to keep your family and your pets well-hydrated, especially in hot seasonal temperatures.


- 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.