Pets are part of the family, learn ways
to keep them safe while traveling.
Restrain Your Pets
It is safest to crate your pets, although if this is not an option consider harnessing them or create a barrier between the front and the back seat. A recent study indicated that 65% of pet-owners had been distracted by their pets while traveling.
Keep your pets well hydrated during long trips. It’s best to bring your own water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area they’re not used to could result in an upset stomach.
Minimize motion sickness by feeding your pets no less than three to four hours before your trip begins. Long trips will require feeding your pets during travel, it is best to feed them at a rest stop and give them time to digest their food.
Exercise and Bathroom Breaks
It is important to stop often so your pets can stretch their legs, relieve themselves and burn off stored energy.
Never Leave Your Pets Unattended
Your pets should not be left alone in a parked vehicle, even with the windows open. The temperature in your car can rise to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes on a sunny day. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing your pets to freeze to death.
Put Together a Travel Kit
Bring proper identification tags with the correct contact information in case you are separated from your pets. In addition, it is important to have all your pets’ health records, leashes, portable water and food bowls.
Keep Your Pets Safely Entertained
Bring along a favorite chew toy, treats and other objects that will keep your pets entertained and busy.