There are many situations in which you will need to bring your pet along on a trip. Whether you’re relocating, taking a vacation, or traveling for another reason, making your pet comfortable can result in an easier journey. These tips can help you keep your pet safe and at ease throughout the journey.
Bringing Along a Crate
Even before the day of the trip, you should start preparing to transport your pet. You may need to remember a pet crate. If you don’t already have one, your best bet is to buy one from a reputable pet supply store. The crate should be sturdy, provide adequate shelter in the event the crate is exposed to inclement weather, and the crate should be well ventilated. The crate should be secured in the vehicle to avoid shifting, during the ride.
Packing Other Supplies
Some pets don’t ride in a crate and may even get car sick, if they can’t look through an open window. If this sounds like your pet, be sure to buy a harness that can be attached to a seatbelt. This will allow the pet to look through the window without the concern of an accident. Additionally, bring the pet’s toys, food and water bowls, leash, waste scoop or plastic bags, medication, and treats.
Avoid an Upset Tummy
On the day of the trip, your pet’s last meal before departure should be something light, given at least three to four hours in advance. During the trip, encourage your dog to drink water during rest stops, but avoid feeding the pet until you reach your destination. Alternatively, feed your pet a meal once you stop traveling for the night if your destination is still a long way away. In that case, repeat this feeding schedule each day of the trip.
Address Pet Anxiety Early
If your pet doesn’t ride in the car very often, this may be a frightening experience. To ease the anxiety your pet will experience on the trip, start taking him or her for short rides around your neighborhood. As the pet becomes more accustomed to the trips, take longer drives. The idea should be to help your pet feel as comfortable as possible in the vehicle, so the actual trip will be less stressful for you both. If the pet doesn’t seem to be adapting to travel, it may be wise to ask your vet for a mild sedative for the trip. This should be considered a last resort, but it may help especially anxious pets.
In addition to these tips, remember that your pet doesn’t like to be cooped up in a confined space. Frequent stops at rest areas will give your pet a chance to expend some energy. Just remember to keep your pet leashed and allow him or her to explore. This will give both of you an opportunity to stretch your legs during your journey. Frequent rests and preparing for the trip are the best ways to ensure you and your pets arrive safely at your destination.
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