by Kyrstie Waters
(last updated June 13, 2009)
Many people take their pets on trips in the car. If you are one of these people, or are planning on being one of these people, start while your pet is young. This will allow your pet to get used to the car rides. There are a few things you can do to keep your pet safe and happy while you drive.
While the car is moving, do not let your pets roam freely in the car. This is very dangerous to them and the other passengers. Cats should always be kept in a carrier, firmly seatbelted, while dogs should always be securely seatbelted in the back seat. Roll your back windows down a little bit to provide some fresh air for your pets. Do not let your pet stick its head out the window. Objects too close to the road can severely injure and even kill your pet. Only leave the windows down slightly to prevent your pet from doing this.
Stop the car every hour or so to allow your pet to stretch its legs and walk around. Always make sure you have control over your pet's leash when it is not in the vehicle. Allow your pet to eat, drink, eliminate and play for a half hour or so before getting back into the car. Do not ever leave your pet in a parked car. The car will overheat and cause your pet to suffocate. It is always a good idea to have your pet wear identification tags and collars when you are on a trip. Bring a pet First Aid kit with you on your trip for emergencies.
If you plan on stopping at a hotel on your trip, it is a good idea to check with them beforehand about allowing pets. It is wise to plan the hotels you are going to stay at before you even leave. Many hotels allow pets to stay, however it is important to double-check with them before you get there.
Driving with pets can be a fun experience, so enjoy it! I have two dogs of my own that I have taken on long car trips. It is very important to keep these tips in mind as you travel with your pets. Most pets will do just fine on a car trip. However, it is important to keep these tips in mind just in case something happens while you are on your trip. Have fun on your trip and enjoy your furry friend's company!
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