Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

Dogs do best with routines. If possible when traveling with your dog, bring along your dog’s usual food and try to stick to a normal schedule with regards to feeding times.

Some dogs do experience motion sickness and if you know this is the case with your canine, then consider refraining from a large meal right before hitting the road.

Most puppies require more frequent feedings than a mature adult dog, much like a human baby needs to be fed more often than a toddler, teen, or adult. (Well, maybe not all teenagers.)

Most puppies after 8 weeks of age, the age at which most pups leave their litter, respond best to 3-4 small meals per day. When traveling, you may need to cut this back to much smaller meals and even more frequently.

About 12 weeks of age, pups can generally wean off quite so many meals and do well with 2-3 small meals per day. Again, less is more when traveling, so cut the size of the meals down a bit for most young traveling dogs.

Reducing the frequency of mealtimes, when possible, does help with potty training as bowel movements can be better anticipated, particularly when traveling with young dogs whose potty training may be less than perfect at home, let alone on the road and in strange environments.

Once a puppy begins to grow to nearly adult size and maturity, around one year of age, mealtimes are usually established twice a day. While some people choose to feed adult dogs just once a day, many experts do prefer a two meals per day allowance. If your dog seems to tolerate it, you may opt for one meal on the road and a small snack around the usual second mealtime.

A little canned pumpkin can work miracles for mild nausea or diarrhea that is not uncommon from the stress of traveling in some dogs. Just carry some in a cooler in the car and add a few tablespoons to your dog’s meals. Mild stomach upsets usually resolve miraculously with this easy, cheap, and natural remedy.

Only you and your veterinarian will know specifically what works best for your dog when it comes to meal times and frequency, especially when traveling, but no matter what, always make sure you feed a high quality food and provide plenty of fresh, clean water at all times.