Traveling With Your Pets
Travelling can be highly stressful, both for you and your furry family members. With a bit of preparation you can ensure a more comfortable trip for everyone.
Traveling by Road If you’re traveling long distances, transporting your pet involves more than just loading him/her in the back seat.
Below are a few tips from various sources:
- Make your pet(s) their own spot.
- Don’t set a boisterous pet up for failure by expecting him to sit quietly on the back seat during the journey.
- Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier.
- There is a wide variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available.
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in.
Take him/her for a few rides beforehand, or set the carrier up at home for him to investigate or snooze in, so that he’s comfortable with it by the time you’re ready to travel.
If your pet is travelling in the boot area, secure his area off with a mesh barrier to prevent him hopping over, or falling over in the event of harsh breaking.
- Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
- Even if it’s a long drive, it’s not advisable to feed your pet while travelling. Give him a light meal 3-4 hours prior to departure to enable him to travel comfortably.
- When it comes to H2O, it’s best to bring from home. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to, particularly while traveling, could result in an upset tummy.
- It goes without saying, never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle.
- On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time and heatstroke can develop.
Pet’s Traveling Kit
In addition to travel papers or absorbent training pads, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit. Pack his/hers favourite toy to make him feel at home.
Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars.
A few products we recommend for your journey:
CalmEze Tablets For Dogs
Adaptil Pheramone Calming Collars For Dogs
CalmEze Liquid For Dogs