Traveling With Pets Safely
Now that the weather is a little warmer, many drivers are deciding to travel with their pets. However, there are some important safety and travel tips to keep in mind if you’re driving with your furry friend in the back seat. From how to secure your pet to optimal rest stops, we’ve created a list of tips for traveling with pets so you can make the most of any road trip.
American Humane Society
According to the American Humane Society, one of the first things to keep in mind is that not all animals will enjoy traveling in the car. Take short, test trips before trying a long expedition. If your pet gets carsick or has too much anxiety, you might avoid driving with them if possible.
Next, be sure to get all the proper vaccinations and ID tags, just in case you and your pet are separated. Microchips are very common nowadays. Make sure to register the microchip once your pet gets it, however; otherwise, the chip is useless. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even if it’s just a few minutes with the window cracked open. Instead, take your pet with you when you leave the vehicle.
Crate Your Furry Friend
As you travel, it’s important to properly restrain or crate your pet as well. You can purchase a pet seatbelt, carrier, or barrier — many companies design them specifically for driving in the car. On a related note, be sure to keep your pets inside the vehicle at all times. When dogs stick their heads out the window, they can get dirt and debris in their eyes. This can result in eye irritation, which in turn, can lead to an infection.
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