Tips for Traveling with your Pet
Published: June 19, 2018
Taking your pet on a road trip involves more than just loading them in the backseat in their crates and driving off into the sunset. Since you will be traveling long distances on bumpy roads, you need some preparation to ensure that the journey is not too hard for your pet and you as well.
This experience for you and your pet can be made a bit more enjoyable by following the tips mentioned below. You will be glad to know that the extra prep was worth it when you and your furry friend have an adventure of a lifetime.
Keep your Pet Safe and Secure
Your pet's safety in the car should be the number one priority. Keep them secure in a carrier that is comfortable and well-ventilated. You can choose from a variety of crates including wire, mesh, plastic, cushioned carriers and more. Whatever material you choose, make sure that the crate is roomy enough for your pet to sit, stand and lie down comfortably. It is also a wise idea to get your pets to use the carrier before your travel.
Take them for Short Drives
To get your pet ready and used to the long drives by taking them for short trips first. Then add more drive time gradually to get them used to staying in the car for long periods of time. Make sure that you have them in the crate for their safety.
Fix a Feeding Schedule
In order to avoid motion sickness, an episode of throwing up and an upset pet, don't feed them in a moving vehicle, even if it's a long drive. Start the trip by giving your pet a light meal at least three to four hours before you set out on the drive. Feed them when you make an overnight stop.
Pet Travel Kit
Your pet travel kit should have food, bowls, a waste scoop, plastic bags, travel documents, medication and, pet first-aid kit. Besides these basic necessities, you should pack their favourite toy or pillow to have an element of familiarity in the car.
Bring your Own Water
A change of drinking water can cause tummy problems for your pet if it contains something their stomach is not used to. It is better to bring a few bottles of tap water from your home or water they are used to, to avoid an upset tummy.
Make Sure your Pet has Identification
Get your pet inserted with a microchip that can be used for their identification. Also, make sure that they wear a flat collar with a tag that is imprinted with your address, contact number along with any other relevant contact information.
Take Bathroom Breaks
If you are planning to go on a long trip, take plenty of bathroom breaks so your pet can relieve themselves. These breaks are also important as they give your pet a chance to stretch their legs and use their pent-up energy.
Never Leave your Pet Unattended in a Car Park
A car can become a sauna, holding in heat from the sun in no time and causing your pet to have a heat stroke. While in cold weather, the car can become a freezer and freeze an animal to death. To prevent both of these situations, avoid leaving your pet in a parked car.
Don't Let your Pet hang their Head outside a Window
It might be fine to have them enjoy a little breeze when there is no traffic around. But don't let them hang their head outside the window when there is the slightest chance of them getting injured by any object flying past them.
Get your Car Ready
Besides having the right crate, you might want to look into buying waterproof seat covers and rubber floor mats to make your car animal-friendly for a long trip. This will prove incredibly handy if you travel with your pet often.