10 Things to Do When You Travel By Car With Your Pet

  • 25/09/2020

As a pet owner, there is nothing as exciting as having to travel with your dog. However, you need to observe the following to avoid mishaps and to have a pleasant trip all the way.     

 1. Feed pet in advance

Feed your pet at least 2 hours before you embark on your journey. This allows him to digest the food and travel on a lighter stomach.

2. Observe routine

Ensure you follow your usual home routine as much as you can. Stop the car to feed it and have its exercise when it normally would at home.

3. Carry a pet carrier

Let your pet stay in his crate rather than leaving him to look out the window. If he is not used to the crate, get him accustomed to it several days before the trip.

4. Pack a pet bag

Include the following:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Leash
  • Food/snacks/water
  • Toys
  • Medication
  • Dog towel/blanket
  • Poop scooper
  • Poop bags

5. Visit a vet

Take your pet to the vet to update the vaccinations and get sedatives if he is not used to traveling. You will also get a medical certificate that is a requirement when entering some states.

6. Test drive

If your dog is not used to going by car, consider having him sit inside the car for a few minutes. Then start taking him on short drives, starting with the driveway and then in the neighborhood until he gets used.

7. Attach a name tag or embed a microchip

Ensure you have a well-labeled tag with your contact information in case the dog gets lost. It is much better to implant a microchip under his skin.

8. Have breaks

When you travel with a dog, remember that he requires to stretch and exercise after being seated for a while. Have car breaks every 2-4 hours during which you can give him water and walk him around.

9. No food/snacks

To avoid throwing up or nausea, do not give your dog any food or snack. He may not handle the food well. Do not give him water as well until you stop for a rest.

10. Entertain it

Carry toys to keep him busy and talk to him as you drive. If there are other family members in the car, they can play and talk with him, calling his name several times to excite him.

The above tips will guarantee an eventless travel with your dog. He will keep you company while also savoring the different sceneries along the way.

Author Bio:

Sara Anderson is the head of content writer for the EsaCare a blog that provide Emotional Support Letter to those people who are suffering from Anxiety, Depression and Stress. She has 5+ Year’s Experience as a Content Writer.

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