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9 Tips for Safe Car Travel with Your Pet

By 27 August 2020No Comments

For us pet loving humans, a trip’s no fun if the four-legged family member can’t come. But be aware, travelling can be stressful for you and your animal friends. With a little preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

Nine top tips

Use these nine tips to ensure both you and your furry friend have a stress-free journey:

  1. Keep your pet safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of metal mesh, soft-sided and hard plastic carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Try it in the comfort of your home first!
  2. Get your pet used to travel in the car by taking him on a series of short drives first. Over time gradually increase the length of those journeys.  Remember to secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a sudden stop.
  3. Feed your pet three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle-even if it is a long drive.
  4. Never, ever leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked car can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act like a fridge, keeping in the cold.
  5. Prepare a pet travel kit.  In addition to a pet passport and vaccination papers you’ll need food, bowl, lead, a waste scoop, poo bags, any medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favourite pillow, blanket or toy to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
  6. A pet microchip for identification is a necessity at all time and make sure your pet wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your mobile phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information.
  7. Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects. Keep him in the back seat in a crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
  8. Traveling abroad? Bring along your pet’s vaccination record and pet passport.
  9. Bring lots of bottled water or tap water for the journey and some for your stay.

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