Travelling With Your Best Friend?
Updated: Dec 29, 2021
I'm sure you've seen your dog put on its puppy eyes when you're leaving or seen your cat sitting by the window almost weeping its eyes out as you walk down the driveway. If you're deciding to start taking your pets on trips in the car then you should read below to make sure your pet travels safely and comfortably. A car sick pet can make the trip uncomfortable and miserable for everyone.
Make your pet travel experience fun and enjoyable by following these simple, common-sense pet travel tips:
Make sure your car has waterproof seat covers or a pet hammock. This will make clean ups easy if your pet has an accident in the car. Be sure to also bring some cleaning supplies to avoid searching for them when your on the road.
Safely secure your pet while travelling. An unrestrained pet can cause serious injury to themselves and also to the driver and other passengers.
Never use the collar of your pet to secure them. you must restrain your pets by using vehicle pet harness designed for travel. Smaller dogs and cats can be secured in pet car seats, this also allows them to see out and be properly secured.
Cats can also be placed in a crate, cage or pet car seat that is secured with a seat belt. Never allow your cat to roam around the car freely, as it can get tangled around the driver's feet or get in the drivers sight of the road.
Never allow your pet to place its head outside of the window. An obstacle can potentially strikes your pet and cause serious injury or even death. Dirt and dust can also get into your pet's eyes, nose and ears causing irritation and health problems.
It's a good idea to stop every few hours for your pet and you to stretch and walk around. Make sure you don't let your pet run freely outside the car.
Have some food and fresh water handy to make sure your pet doesn't become restless due to thirst and hunger.
Never ever leave your pet in a parked car. Temperatures in confined spaces can rise and fall rapidly in the confines of car.
It's a good idea to place a travel tag on your car in-case you become separated during your journey. The travel tag should contain information about where you live and your phone number.