If you’re a pet owner, you probably know how hard it can be to travel with a pet or even how much harder it is to leave your furry friend behind in someone else’s temporary care for the duration of your trip. Regardless, traveling can be a stressful time for both you and your pets, especially if your journey is a long one.
Don’t worry! We have some great tips for you to help make your journey with your pet on the road a comfortable and less stressed one. Check out our 8 tips below!
Prep Your Pet – In the weeks before your trip, start getting your furry friend geared up for the long journey ahead by taking him or her on a series of short drives first. In time, you can gradually lengthen the subsequent trips. Always ensure that your pet is secured in a crate that won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick turn or stop.
Know When To Feed Your Pet – Animals tend to not eat when they’re nervous or feel threatened. Be sure to keep your pet’s mind at ease by giving him or her a light meal to eat three to four hours before you leave. Refrain from feeding your pet in a moving vehicle, even if the drive is long.
Never Leave Your Pet In a Car – This rule might seem to be implied, but countless pets are left in parked vehicles every day. Please remember to NEVER leave your pet within a parked automobile! On a hot day, a parked car can become fatally warm in mere minutes, and during the winter, the car will act as a refrigerator and retain the cold. Don’t take a chance – never leave your pet in a parked car!
Give Your Pet Identification – You should always have tags on your pet or have him or her microchipped in case they are lost, but before a trip, do make sure they at least have tags that include your name, address, and a phone number to reach you in case someone finds your pet. Additionally, make sure that you give your pet a flat collar to wear, NEVER a choke collar!
Keep Fido Inside – When the vehicle is moving please make sure that all heads and paws are inside, no matter how madly your pet wants to feel the wind blow in his face! Remember, your furry friend could easily get injured by flying debris and objects if his or her head hangs outside the window. Keep your pet secured in the back seat in a crate or in a harness that is attached to a seat belt.
Remember Fluffy’s Records – If you plan to travel across state lines, please consider bringing along your records of your pet’s rabies vaccinations. Usually you won’t be asked, but certain interstate crossings require proof, so be on the safe side and bring the records along with you!
Bring a Pet Traveling Kit Along – Your pet travel kit should include the following:
*waste scoop and plastic bags
*medication and pet first-aid kit
*favorite toy or pillow
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