For many people, pets are just as much a part of the family as humans! Since our pets are valued family members, it's important to consider their safety while traveling. Whether they're traveling with you to the in-laws for the next holiday, or just traveling to the vet, we have a few important tips to help you travel safely with your pets. After all, they are precious cargo!
Keep your pets safe and secure during the drive. Although their pitiful stares are enough to make you want to let them out of their crate, the risk isn't worth the reward. When traveling, you should always be sure to keep your pet safe in their crate to ensure that disaster doesn't strike if you were to be in an accident. If your pet is small enough for a crate, you should choose one with plenty of ventilation and an open spot for them to keep eye contact with you. This will help to keep them calm during their ride!
Never leave your animal alone in the car - no matter how long you plan on being gone. Just a few minutes in a hot parked car is enough to make your pet sick, or worse, kill them. Hot cars are no place for your animal, and if you park and exit your vehicle at any time, your pet should come with you. You can never know exactly how long you'll be gone, and it's not worth the risk to leave them alone.
Prep your vehicle with everything it needs. You should be sure to keep your vehicle fully stocked with your pet's important supplies any time you go on a road trip. Items to consider include a food dish, a water dish, extra food, a bottle or two of water, a waste scoop, bags for cleanup, and first aid. These items will help you stay calm and provide for your pet if you were to have an unexpected detour or have to make a food or waste stop along the way. You should also be sure that your vehicle is insured properly in case of an accident.
Prepare your pet for the car. Before your road trip, try preparing your pet by taking them on a few shorter trips. This will get them used to the sound of your vehicle, the sound of the road, and the feeling of movement.
With these four tips, you're sure to keep your pet safe on your next road trip! When you know they're safe, you can relax, which makes the drive more enjoyable for everyone involved. Now get out there and travel with your four-legged best friend!