With the end of summer right around the corner, you’re trying to fit in as many last-minute vacations as possible, even if it is just a long drive for a day or a trip to Jim Shorkey! Here’s some tips to make sure you and your pet get the most out of your road trip!
1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Carriers come in a wide variety of sizes, from wire mesh to hard and soft-sided. Whichever one is right for your pet, make sure it’s large enough for your per to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. And don’t forget to secure the crate or carrier so it wont slid or slip at a quick stop.
2. Prepare your pet for a long trip by taking them on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
3. Feed your pet 3 to 4 hours prior to your road trip. This allows for the food to digest so your pet won’t get car sick. Don’t feed your pet in a moving vehicle – even if it is a long trip. Take a break and walk your furry friend in a pet-friendly rest stop.
4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time. And on a cold day, the car can become an icebox in a matter of minutes!
5. Pack your pet’s traveling bag. Make a checklist so you don’t forget all of your pet’s necessities. Travel papers, food, bowl, leash, waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication , pet first-aid kit, and your pets favorite toy!
6. Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone number, and any other relevant contact information.
7. If you plan on traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings.
8. Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window; they could be injured by flying objects. And for safety reasons, keep them in the back seat in a crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
9. Bring bottle water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area that they are not use to could result in an upset stomach.
10. If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers.