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Monday, March 2, 2015

Traveling with Your Pet – Car Trips!

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Traveling with Your Pet – Car Trips!
by Taylor Malowney

If you’re taking a road trip this summer, why not bring your pet? Cats are reasonably easy to travel with, but dogs are trickier. Before you head out on the open road, there are a few measures you should take.

Secure your pet in the car. Cats should always be placed in a size-appropriate, well-ventilated carrier. If your dog tends to get overexcited or fidgety in the car, put them in a travel crate as well. Dogs that are well-behaved in the car can sit in the backseat on a comfortable bed or blanket. Doggy seatbelts are also a viable option, but should only be worn on dogs sitting in the backseat – front airbags can seriously injure or even kill a dog in the event of a car accident. If your pooch is too distracting, even from the backseat, dog barriers are relatively cheap partitions that are easy to install and remove.

Ensure your pet has entertainment. A happy pet is a happy pet parent! If your pet constantly whines, meows, or barks the entire car ride, distract them with a tasty treat. Small pet toys that can be stuffed with treats or catnip provide great diversions to pets. A bone or chew toy can also force your dog to use his mouth for biting, not barking!

Provide water for any length car trip. Always bring bottled water for your pets, along with a container. For cats, provide a bowl small enough that it can fit inside the carrier; never release your cat from its crate until you reach a secure location! Dogs can be watered at a rest stop, where they should also be given a potty break!

Feed your pet before and during longer trips. If you’re planning to be driving longer than six hours, feed your pet three to four hours before taking off. For extended trips longer than twelve hours or lasting for multiple days, pack food and a bowl. Never feed your pet in the car – this can cause nausea or vomiting.

If you’re planning an excursion by car with your cat or dog this summer, be a prepared pet parent! Make sure your animal is properly secured to prevent their injury in an accident. Pets that aren’t the most agreeable in a car can be placated with treats and chew toys. Water should be given to pets on all car trips, and food during those longer than twelve hours.

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