Learn How to Travel Safely with Your Pet
Traveling is always a lot of fun and traveling with your pet is a lot more fun. However, there are a few precautions you need to take so that your pet is safe while traveling. If you are planning a road trip, and want to take your furry friend along, here are a few tips that will help.
Check If You Pet Is Up for the Trip
The first thing you need to do is to check if your pet likes to travel or not. If your pet is scared of getting into a car, you may first want to get him or her used to travel. Do not head out on a road trip with an unwilling pet. This will just cause stress to your pet.
Get Your Car Serviced
You surely do not want to get stuck at the side of the road with a whiny pet. Before you head out on your trip, get your vehicle serviced and check if all systems are in working order. Make sure you get the contact details and addresses of repair shops along your route. This way you will know who to contact in case of an emergency.
Do Not Let Your Dog Put His Head Out the Window
While pets love the fresh air hitting their face, on busy roads, this can be dangerous. Oncoming traffic or tree branches can hit your pet’s face and might injure him or her. It is best to have the air conditioning on with the windows shut. Off an on, on an empty road, you can let your pet enjoy the breeze, but keep your eyes open for traffic and trees.
Carry Adequate Water and Food
Carry enough water for your pet while on the journey. If need be, you can buy water along the way as well. But make sure you remember your pet’s water bowl. You will also need to take food for your pet. Something your pet enjoys eating is preferred since you won’t have a lot of time on the road coaxing your four-legged companion to eat.
Pets do not enjoy being kept shut in small spaces for long, so take breaks often and let your pet out (on a leash of course) to stretch his or her muscles.