Traveling with the pets can be fun, especially if you are planning a road trip. However, traveling alone can be stressful – and you are taking your furry friend with you! It takes a lot of preparation to make sure that the trip would be comfortable and fun for both you and your pets. So, what are the things you should do?
The first thing that you want to do is being prepared. You don’t want your pets to suffer from a stress while traveling, right? It should be fun and exciting – not stressful. You can start by going on several short drives, and then slowly increases the length of time (for staying in the car).
Bring the Documents
This is especially crucial when you are traveling across different states. It would be better to tag along the rabies vaccination record. This is generally not a huge deal, but some states do require the documentation evidence at certain (interstate) crossings.
Front Seat off Limits
Never put your pet on the front seat. Even with the restraining, your cat or dog may throw out of the seat when a collide happens. Not to mention that airbag deployment is also risky, especially for a small pet. It wouldn’t be wise to put the pet on the lap either. Your pet can be seriously caught in the steering wheel and you will be responsible for road accident.
No matter how trustful you are to your friend, it’s never wise to leave it unrestrained. First of all, your pet can distract your driving – which is dangerous. Moreover, when you have to make a sudden stop, they can fall and suffer from an injury.
Traveling with Carrier or Crate
When you want to travel with the furry companion, they should be placed in well-ventilated and safe carrier. The carrier MUST be spacious enough to enable them to turn around, lie down, sit, and stand. Make sure that you secure it so it won’t shift, move, or slide.
Don’t Leave Them Alone
Whenever you have to do any business, don’t let them alone in the car. Whether it is cold or hot, leaving them alone can be dangerous. You can leave them if you have a traveling companion that can watch over the pets.
Never let them let out of their head outside the car’s windows. Flying objects may hurt them – and their chances of being injured would be bigger if their heads are outside the windows.
Don’t Feed while on the Move
You need to have a discipline feeding schedule. Don’t feed them while on the go – and while the car is moving. The schedule may start with a (light) meal before the departure – around 3 or 4 hours before. And then make some stops to feed them.
Bring Your Own Bottle
Be ready with a lot of water. Taking water from some areas during the journey is possible and doable, but you don’t know the quality of the water. If the quality of the water isn’t so good, it may lead to upset stomach and it can create discomfort.
Prepare Their Travel Kit
Don’t forget to bring their travel kit which includes grooming supplies, leash, bowl, food, plastic bags, waste scoop, first aid, and medication. If they have favorite stuff, like a pillow or toy, bring it with you so they don’t get home-sick.
Traveling with your furry companion can be challenging, but it can be a memorable road trip and you two can actually have fun together! It does take some preparation and you will have to spend extra efforts, but if the end result is satisfying, it doesn’t hurt to try.