As part of the family, we want to take our pets along on our adventures. But is it safe, or even legal, to take your pet on vacation?
While it’s not illegal to drive with pets in the car, it is of the utmost importance that drivers aren’t distracted by fellow passengers – regardless of whether they are humans or four-legged furry friends!
“Animals tend to get upset and disorientated when travelling by car. Knowing how to cope with this is vital to their wellbeing – as well as your own!”, says Arrive Alive.
Before the journey
Getting pets used to car travel early is vital: the sooner your pet is exposed to car trips, the better they will cope on the road. See your veterinarian before your trip to ensure your pet is healthy and ready to travel.
Maintain your pet’s usual feeding routine on the day of departure. Anything out of the ordinary will probably make them feel more uneasy. Be sure to keep their favourite toys and food handy.
During the journey
Net barriers can keep animals in the safe area of your vehicle and keep them from distracting the driver. Pet travel seats can keep your fluffy friend comfortable and right next to you – be sure to strap them in safely by attaching a harness to the seatbelt.
Remember to pack lots of water to keep your pet hydrated while on the road, but keep the windows closed; the dust could cause irritability and/or infection in your pet’s eyes and respiratory tract. Stop often to allow your pet a leg-stretch (and other activities you don’t want taking place in your car…) – don’t forget to pack the lead and poopy packets!
Never leave your pet alone in the car, as the temperature can soar very quickly.
Keep your pet in mind
Some animals shouldn’t travel at all, including any pet that is very young or old, sick, recovering from surgery, or pregnant. If your pet simply hates being in a car – even on short drives – rather don’t take them along for the trip.
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