Safe Travel Tips for Your Pet

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Safe Travel Tips for Your Pet. The vast majority of owners treat pets as a family which means they are part of any event. Some families can’t imagine taking a vacation without including their pets. For some pet parents, a trip or vacation is no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come. However, although vacations are always more fun when your pet comes along, traveling does require more planning when your dog, cat, or small animal accompanies you. We are all aware that traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your animal companions. So, if you’re planning on traveling with your pets, whether it’s for pleasure or necessity, you will need to take some steps to prepare for your pet’s needs along the way. Car travel with dogs or cats, particularly long trips, requires some thoughtful preparation to ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

If you have decided it’s best to bring your pet along. Follow our tips below for a safe and low-stress trip. Make your road travel with a pet a fantastic experience free of anxiety, stress, and worries by following our tips.

  1. Restrain your pet. Your pet may prefer to roam free in your car, but that isn’t the best option if you want to reach your destination without any unfortunate incidents. Unrestrained animals can be seriously injured in even minor accidents and can pose a hazard to drivers. Make sure all cats are in a crate or carrier. Dogs should also be in a crate or carrier or restrained in a special harness that attaches to the seat belt. If you use a pet barrier in the back seat, be sure it’s sturdy and firmly attached so it does not collapse on your pet. For your pet’s safety as well as yours, bear this in mind.
  2. Leave the front seat for humans. Keep your pet in the backseat of your car. Airbags may save your life in an accident, but they can be deadly to your pet.
  3. Don’t allow your pet to ride with its head out of the window. Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car as they could get hurt by flying debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs.
  4. Pit stops. Give your pets plenty of rest stops so that your pet can stretch his legs and have a drink of water.
  5. Update microchip and Pet Tags. Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your contact number, address, and other relevant information. So that if ever your pet gets separated from you on a trip, people know how to contact you.
  6. Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. On a hot day, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator and can cause the animal to freeze to death. That’s why you should never leave your pet alone in the car to avoid such a situation.
  7. Prepare your pet’s emergency kit. Emergencies happen when we least expect them, that’s why make sure you are prepared. Talk to your vet also about medications your pet might need for travel, such as to reduce anxiety or travel sickness symptoms. Test them in advance to ensure your pet doesn’t suffer any adverse side effects.
  8. Don’t forget the necessities. Pack a travel kit for your pet, make sure to include your pet’s health records, including proof of recent immunizations. Bring your pets regular food, water, medications, and bowls. You should also include the supplies you need to clean up after your pet such as waste bags and scoops. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
  9. Bring along a human buddy. Whenever possible share the driving and pet caretaking duties with a friend or family member. You will be able to get food or use the facilities at rest stops knowing that some you trust are keeping a close eye on your pets. It’s a good thing also to make sure your pet is fed, relaxed, and safe.
  10. Feed your pet a light meal a few hours before your trip. Pets can experience motion sickness too. Feed your pet a light meal three to four hours before departure. While you are on the road, always stop to feed your pet. Don’t feed them in a moving vehicle, this may help avoid pet car sickness.

When making travel decisions, choose what is the safest and most comfortable for your pets. Keep these tips in mind to ensure the best possible experience when traveling with your pet.

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