Pets to many are just like family members, at least that is he way it is in our house. When we travel on road trips or to the beach, we like to take our dog with us. As you would want to keep any of your family members safe while traveling, also consider your pet.
Prepare yourself and your pet before the trip.
If your pet is only accustomed to traveling in the family car except for the trip to the veterinarian, you may want to start out with introducing them with small rides perhaps to a dog park, beach or area they can get out, have fun and know that every time they get in the car, it is not to the vets office.
If you are planning an over night trip or even longer and plan to stay at a hotel, call ahead of time to be sure the hotels in the area’s you plan to stay will accept pets and even if they charge more will be good to know.
On the Road
Plan to break up your trip by heading toward Rest Stops that offer bathrooms, food and a place to stretch your and your pets legs. It will renew your energy and your certainly do not want to be fatigue to set in. Be sure you have a water dish and possibly bottled water for them too. There are also those times when someone asks for a bathroom break not on the schedule, remember your pet may not be able to help a bathroom break in the car.
Talk to your veterinarian for advice on planning your pets mealtime and bathroom break schedule.
Your Pets Safety While in the Car
Just like you would with a baby or toddler, consider a car seat or carrier for your pet. This will help to protect them in case of an accident and also minimize any distractions for the driver which could lead to an accident and make your auto insurance increase.
Never, Never leave your pet in the Car Alone
How many times have you seen on the news about children and pets left in a car with the windows up and the outcome has been detrimental. Your car can heat up to 120 degrees in just minutes according the the Humane Society on warm days. In Florida during the summer, every day is hot!
Make sure you take your pet with you or have someone stay with them if you have to run into a store, bathroom etc, even for just a few minutes.
Being prepared ahead of time will help you and everyone with you have a more easy and enjoyable trip, even for your pet.