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10 Things to Pack When Traveling with a Pet

        Animals | Pet Travel

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Travel Water Dispenser
Don't forget to bring water for your pets.
Don't forget to bring water for your pets.
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­If you've read How often should I give my pet water during a car trip?, you know already that access to fresh water is essential to maintaining your pet's health during travel. To prevent dehydration, cats and dogs should always have fresh water available. Just how much water do they require? As much as they consume normally during the day at home.

Now, you may be wondering how you can meet that necessity without water splashing around the interior of the car. If you hi­t a bumpy stretch of road, will it send the water bowl flying? You won't have to worry about that if you use a pet travel water dispenser. These accessories are designed specially to halt spills and stay put. Some, for instance, dispense only a shallow amount of water into the drinking dish at once. Collapsible travel bowls are made of thick fabrics and have square bases to prevent them from tipping over. If you're interested in a fabric travel bowl, be sure to check the tag first to ensure that it's suitable for food as well as water. These accessories don't cost much more than the water you'll pour into them -- you can track down a pet travel bowl easily for under $10.