Road trips are a great way to get away from the busy day to day routine and take in amazing new views. But what if you are traveling with an animal? Not to worry, following a few simple tips can make sure your travel plans go smoothly.
Rules of the Road
While you may be safely buckled into your seat, leaving your pet to roam about the cabin could not only be distracting but also be hazardous for your furry friend. To ensure animal travel safety using a pet carrier is the best bet. This will not only allow your pet to feel secure but can also help to prevent accidents inside your vehicle. Also, avoid holding your pet in your lap or in the passenger seat at all costs. Just like with children, airbags and seatbelts in the front seat are designed to protect grown adults, not animals. So, don’t let their sad eyes talk you into putting them in harm’s way.
Accidents and Escapes
There is no predicting what will happen during a road trip with a pet. In case they run away or get lost during your travels making sure they are promptly returned to you could be as simple as using a detailed travel tag with your contact info. If you want to feel extra secure, have your pet microchipped or use another unmistakable form of identification.
With the unknown nature of the road, it is also essential to come prepared with the right tools for the unexpected. On top of making sure you have enough food and water to complete your journey, packing a separate emergency kit when traveling with an animal is always recommended. The pack should include things like:
- Pet pain relievers
- Nausea medicine for your pet
- A current photo in case they get lost
- Pet wipes
- Shot records
- Blankets and or towels
- Their favorite toys
- An extra collar and leash
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Plastic bags for cleaning up
- Anything else your pet may need
Other Key Tips for Animal Travel Safety
There are a few other things to keep in mind before embarking on a road trip. Be sure to have your animal cleared for travel by your vet. Also, plan for extra time to be spent at rest stops to give them adequate exercise and bathroom breaks. Check the ventilation of your chosen travel crate as well as making a few practices runs to allow your pet time to get comfortable riding in the crate, especially if it is their first-ever road trip. Last but not least, remember that no matter how much easier it may be, never leave your pet unattended in your vehicle. Even if the weather seems mild to your furry friends, they will react differently to hot and cold weather so it could prove hazardous.
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