If you’re like most people, your pet is a treasured member of the family. That being said, it’s highly likely that the same pet is your travel companion… at least now and then. Keep reading, to learn more about road trip safety when traveling with your fur-baby. You’ll both be glad you did.
Visit the Vet Before You Leave
Before you set out on a trip with your pet, take him (or her) to the veterinarian for a check-up. This way, you can make sure he’s healthy and feeling up to a long journey. While you’re there, double-check to make sure that vaccinations for things like parvo, rabies and Lyme disease are all up to date.
Once the vet has determined that your pet is in good health, the office staff can give you a health certificate to take with you. Many hotels require you to have one, in order for your cat or dog to stay on the premises.
Clean Out the Car
When you’re planning on riding with your pet in the car, take time before the trip to clean it out thoroughly. Your human passengers will appreciate it too! Make sure that there’s nothing in the vehicle that can be hazardous to animals. Even something as small as a penny can become a choking hazard in just a matter of seconds. Don’t take that chance!
Beware of Window Issues
Most dogs love to stick their heads out the window during a car ride. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous, especially if you’re travelling at high speeds. Insects or debris from the road could possibly end up in your dog’s eyes or windpipe. Also, breathing cold air has the potential of making your dog sick, which translates into an uncomfortable trip for both of you.
Consider Using a Kennel
If your pet isn’t properly secured in the vehicle, they can be seriously injured in the event of a car accident. Keeping your pet in a portable kennel will keep him comfortable and also protect him, in the event of an accident or emergency.