The travel season is upon us, and many people are planning their summer vacations with their furry pets. However, traveling with pets requires a little more planning than simply letting them hop up into the seat. Ensuring your pet’s safety while driving is essential, and with the right preparations, they can have a safe and enjoyable ride.
Regardless of the type of pet you’re taking on your outing, it’s important to familiarize them with the vehicle before the actual trip. This helps reduce any anxiety they may have about being in a moving vehicle and encountering unfamiliar noises. Start with short drives and maintain a positive atmosphere, praising your pet for their good behavior. If you’re the driver, remember not to reach around to pet them, as it can distract you from the road.
Having things to keep your pet entertained during car rides is always a good idea. Bring along their favorite toys, blankets, and beds to help them feel more comfortable. Curling up in a blanket that smells like home can provide a sense of security for pets who experience car anxiety. A variety of toys to play with can also help keep their minds occupied during the journey. Spraying calming scents in the car can further enhance the ride experience.
For pets with high energy levels, make sure to give them exercise before the trip. This will help them stay calmer during the ride. It’s also important to let them use the bathroom before setting off to help them feel more at ease. Limiting their food intake while on the road can reduce the chances of car sickness and choking.
Once on the road, it’s crucial to restrain your furry friend in their seat for their safety and yours. Similar to a child, secure your pet using either a specialized seat belt made for them or place them in a crate/ bed that is securely fastened. Avoid letting dogs sit in the front seat, on your lap, or stick their head out of the window, as these actions can lead to pet injuries and accidents. If you have a truck, refrain from placing your animals in the bed, as it can become hot quickly due to summer heat.
When planning your trip, remember to account for frequent stops. Pets can’t communicate when they need a break, so pay attention to their body language and any sounds they make. During pit stops, never leave your pet in the vehicle, as temperatures can rise rapidly, posing a danger to their well-being. Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is as risky as leaving a child alone.
Additionally, always carry a copy of your pet’s vaccinations and medical records, and keep a pet-specific first aid kit on hand. Making sure your pet has proper identification tags and is microchipped can help in finding your pet, should they decide to wonder off on an adventure of their own.
Our aim is to make your travels as safe and enjoyable as possible for both you and your furry friends. By following these simple steps, you can ensure everyone stays safe and healthy, creating lifelong memories together.