The holiday season usually brings with it increased family travel. Traveling with the family pet in the car to reach your travel destination can present a number of issues and concerns that should be addressed. Traveling with a pet that suffers from motion sickness or a cat or dog that experiences fear of travel increases the difficulty of traveling with pets. It is always best to first take your pet on a short trip such as to the pet store to see how they handle riding in a car. If your pet experiences nausea your vet can recommend an anti-nausea medication.
Things You Will Need
Pet carriers, Pet restraints, Food & water dish, Pet bedding and toys, Travel tag
The first step is to secure your pet in the vehicle. Small dogs and cats should be kept in carriers while larger dogs should be secured in pet restraints. Pet stores sell restraint systems and can assist you in selecting a restraint that fits your pet correctly and show you how to attach it in your vehicle. It can be dangerous to allow pets to roam freely in the vehicle.
The next step is to make sure you pets vaccinations are up to date. Your vet can provide you with a health certificate to take with you that provides proof of vaccinations and any medical conditions your pet may have in case there is an emergency away from home. Also, make sure you have a sufficient supply of any medications your pet requires for the duration of your trip.
The third step is to prepare a travel tag for your pet in case they get separated from you. The tag should have your name, home address, local contact, your cell phone number and rabies inoculation information at a minimum. An implanted microchip is highly recommended. Also, always be careful with open windows. Pets can jump out unexpectedly at the wrong time.
The fourth step is to feed your pet a light meal about three hours prior to traveling to help prevent nausea. During the trip make frequent stops (at a minimum every two hours) to allow your pet to relive themselves and get some exercise. Cats should remain in the car at all times. Place a litter box and water dish in their carriers when you stop. Keep your pets well hydrated.
Traveling with the family pet in the car to reach your travel destination can present a number of issues and concerns that should be addressed. However, with proper preparation and training, both you and your pet can have a rewarding experience.