Travel can be very stressful for you and your companion, but with careful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable journey for everyone. Even if your four-legged family member cannot come with you, a trip can still be fun, even if it is done by car.
If you are traveling long distances or plan to be away for a long time, traveling with your pet can involve more than just loading them into the back seat and driving off. Keep them in a well-ventilated box and make sure they are in the same space as the car and on the front seat.
It is advisable to get your pet used to the transport box at home before you travel, but make sure that you secure the box in such a way that it does not slip or shift during quick stops. Make sure they are large enough to stand, sit, lie down, turn around, and whatever you want, make sure the animal has enough room to stand, sit, lie down and turn around. You can make them fit for longer journeys by first taking them on a series of short car journeys and gradually increasing the amount of time they spend in the car.
Your pet’s itinerary should start with a light meal three to four hours before departure. If it’s a long drive, you should feed your furry friend at least once a day while getting in and out of the vehicle. Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle and move or leave it alone for more than five minutes.
In cold weather, cars can act as refrigerators, keeping animals cold and freezing to death. A parked car can turn into an oven, and heatstroke can occur, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a photo of him or her. Pack your favorite toys and pillows in your suitcase to give them a sense of familiarity. Do not let them move your head out of the windscreen and do not cause any damage to the interior of the car.
They could be injured by a flying object, such as a tree, a branch or even a piece of glass in the car window or door.
Although this is generally not a problem, it is always advisable to be on the safe side and keep them in a harness by the safety buckle. If your state requires rabies vaccinations for pets at certain border crossings, bring them with you.
When it comes to H2O, say BYO and choose bottled water or tap water stored in a plastic container. Any water they are not accustomed to could cause your pet abdominal pain, so choose a water bottle with a lid instead of storing it in plastic jars.