For some parents, traveling is not fun if the four-legged family members cannot come. But traveling can be very stressful for you and your pet companions. With thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.
Are you planning a trip on the road? When traveling with a pet, it is not enough to just load the animal into the back seat and leave, especially if you want to travel long distances or stay away for a long time. The ASPCA offers the following
Tips to help you prepare for safe driving:
Keep your animals safe in a well-ventilated box or in a transport container. There is a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic, and flexible side straps. Whatever you choose, make sure it is large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around. And P.S., it makes sense to bring your pet back to the comfort of your home before traveling.
Take your pet on a long journey by first taking it on a series of short trips and gradually extending the time in the car. And make sure the box is always secure so that it does not slip or change in case of a quick stop.
Your pet’s travel plan should begin with a light meal three to four hours before departure. Do not feed your furry companion in a moving vehicle – even if it is a long drive.
Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked car can turn into a stove in no time and heat stroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act like a refrigerator, keep you cold and freeze the animal to death.
What’s in your pet’s travel gear? In addition to travel papers, food, bowls, leashes, garbage cans, plastic bags, cleaning products, medications and a pet first aid kit, prepare a favorite toy or pillow.
Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wear a collar with a printed label with your home address, as well as a temporary travel label with your mobile phone, destination phone number, and other relevant contact information. The canines should wear flat collars (never choke!).
Do not chase your pet out the window with your head out. He could be injured by flying objects. And please hold it in the back seat in its box or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
Travel across state borders? Bring your pet’s rabies vaccine, as some states need it at some cross-state crossings. Although this is not usually a problem, it is always wise to be on the safe side.
When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic cans. Drinking water from an area he is not used to can cause stomach upset.
If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized flooring and waterproof seat covers that are available from specialty retailers.