Auto Travel with your Pets: 10 approaches for safety and security

We can all agree that pets are part of the family for most people. They are always there curled up or trotting next to us when taking morning walks. They greet us happily in the morning or when we get back home at the end of a long work workday. That’s why when a holiday season approaches, we can’t bear the thought of leaving them behind. It can be stressful for many pet owners to travel with them without making travel plans.

You need to take safety and security precautions so that you can have a relaxing and fun time for both you and your friend.

Here are the best safety tips for auto travel with your pets:

1. Go for a Test Drive

It is vital to prepare your pet in advance, especially if they are not accustomed to riding in the car. Give them time to adjust to the motion and see how they react. Some of them act just fine while others suffer from anxiety. Take them with you when running short errands a month in advance leading up to your departure. Start with short trips and then slowly stretch to longer rides.

2. Know the Laws of Travelling With Your Pet

Before you set out to travel, you should acquaint yourself with the laws of traveling with your pet. They may vary in different places, so you need to do a proper research. After all, you don’t want to get stuck with a hefty fine.

Ensure they have the right identification tags. Also get them microchipped as it can help you get reunited with them in case they get lost. You might be required to show your pet’s vaccination records or a certificate of health from your veterinarian. You can schedule a checkup a week before your planned trip. It will give you ample time to obtain copies of any paperwork you might be missing.

3. Build an Emergency Kit

Be prepared for anything when traveling with your pets. The emergency kit should include:

  • First aid supplies
  • Necessary paperwork
  • Extra water
  • Extra food
  • Medications your pets might be taking
  • A leash for your pets
  • Treats or toys

4. Proper Restraints

If you have time to wear a safety belt, why don’t you give your pet the same respect? They can create a safety risk for both of you if they cause a distraction while you’re driving, resulting in an accident. They should be on their leash when you stop for potty breaks. There are places with strict leash laws, so you don’t want to get in trouble.

5. Avoid Locking Your Dog in the Car

Never leave your pet unattended under no circumstances in the vehicle. You might find your window smashed by a Good Samaritan trying to rescue your pet. Other reasons might be because of the different seasons. It can get scorching in the interior of the vehicle during summer which can suffocate your pet. Temperatures can drop during winter hence making them freeze.

6. Prevent Tummy Troubles

Just like humans, pets do get carsick, especially if they travel right after a meal. You can feed them say 4 hours before going. Carry their water before hitting the road as unfamiliar water might upset their tummies.

7. Reserve Pet-Friendly Accommodations

If you plan on staying overnight, research on pet-friendly places on your route. You don’t want to get charged with extra fees or denied entry.

8. Keep Your Pets Entertained

Your pets might wind up getting restless if it’s a long journey. You should bring along their favorite toys and objects to keep them busy and entertained. You can stop at various points to let them out to stretch, but they should be on their leash.

9. Water, Food and Bathroom Breaks

If going on a long journey, it is essential to take breaks along the way. Stop and let your companions out to stretch. Never try feeding or giving water to them while in a moving vehicle. If it’s feeding time, give them time to digest.

10. Prepare for Carsickness

If your pet, especially a dog, is not used to road trips, it can get carsick. Therefore, consult your veterinarian to get the proper medication to help calm nausea.

It is a big responsibility to follow your pet’s safety tips, but at the end of it all, they are worth it.  It can be fun with our four-legged members around. So, follow the above steps to have a comfortable and safe journey for everyone.

Do you have more information you think we should include in the list? Feel free to share in the comment box below.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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