Road trips are a popular way to travel, and it can be safe and fun to take pets along if you follow some simple road rules.
Prevent motion sickness
Feed pets a light meal at least six hours before departing on a car trip (so they won’t have much food in their stomachs) to help avoid motion sickness.
Secure your pet for safety
When driving, secure pets in the car with a traveling harness or kennel. This way, pets won’t distract the driver, they will be safer in case of an accident, and it will prevent them from escaping when you stop. Pets often feel safer in the kennel and will be less anxious during the ride.
Pets never should ride loose in the back of open pick-up trucks, where they could be thrown or jump into traffic. Secure pets in a kennel, and secure the kennel, too, if you need to transport pets in an open truck.
Take frequent breaks
Make traveling pleasant for pets by stopping every four hours to let pets drink fresh water, relieve themselves and stretch their legs. If you have young puppies, please avoid busy rest stops or parks where puppies could pick up disease. Find a safe, quiet country road instead. Be sure to always have your pet on a leash.
Put pets on leashes before opening car doors, to prevent them from breaking away and running into traffic. It also is smart to give pets a training refresher course before you go to remind them of the commands that will keep them safe, such as “Stay” And “Come.”
Don’t leave pets alone in a vehicle on hot days
Even on days when it doesn’t seem too hot, temperatures inside cars can soar to over 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Pets could suffer heatstroke – a life-threatening condition. So don’t park your pet on warm days, even if the windows are down.
More Travel Tips
- Bring your pet’s favorite food, toys and dishes for comfort.
- Find out if your pet will be welcome at the hotels or motels you’re planning to visit.
- Make sure your pet is wearing current ID and license tags for identification if lost.
- Bring a copy of your pet’s health certificate, which is required by law when crossing state and international borders. Your veterinarian can provide you with a copy.
- Bring a copy of your pet’s vaccine and medical records.
- Bring Banfield’s toll-free phone number, which will direct you to the nearest hospital in case of emergency: 1-800-768-8858.