If you’re planning on traveling with your pet on a road trip, it’s not enough to just put them in the back seat and take off. Follow these car travel safety tips to prepare for a smooth ride:
Prep your pet for the trip
Get your pet ready for the ride by taking them on short drives, and gradually lengthening the time spent in teh car. That way they can get familiar with getting in the crate and riding through different types of traffic.
Keep your pet in a a crate
The crate or carrier should be ventilated. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Make sure it is secure in the car and won’t slide around in the event of an abrupt stop. If you don’t want to use a crate, keep them in a harness attached to a seat belt in the back seat.
Pack their bags
Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. Bring a favorite toy or pillow so your pet feels at home no matter where you go. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and always opt for bottled water.
Never leave them alone in a parked car
Even with the windows open, a car can become a furnace very quickly. A cold car can also become freezing very fast. It’s always best to take them with you.