Often when planning a trip with the family pet a nice long drive remains the most cost-effective and manageable means of pet travel. Not only does it allow you to save money, but it also provides you and your pet with some quality downtime. By taking steps to ensure the safety of your pet while on the road, you can help to make the trip go much more smoothly for the both of you.
To begin, make sure the vehicle is ready for your pet. Prepare a space where your pet can ride safely while still being able to see out the window. Set up a blanket or bed that they’re used to so they can have a little piece of home at all times. It also helps to have them within arm’s length so you can extend a comforting hand whenever needed. If you are pet traveling with a cat, make sure to place some kitty litter in a good spot such as behind the front or passenger seat.
Next, remember to pack enough supplies to get you both through the long hours. These may include, but are not limited to: bottled water, portable water dish, leash, collar, pet food, dish, treats, name tag, toys, medication (if needed), plastic bags, and a picture of your pet in case you get separated.
Now that youre ready to go there are a few things you should take into consideration for the actual drive. Try not to roll down the window and let your pet hang itҒs head out, and especially never let your pet ride in the back of a truck. Instead, make sure the air conditioner or heater is on to provide a more comfortable inner temperature. Also remember to stop every 2-3 hours to allow your pet to take a restroom break and stretch its legs.
While staying at a hotel, make sure to find a place that accepts animals. The worst thing you can do is to sneak your pet in, get caught, and then get the boot in the middle of the night or when the maid notices new stains all over the room. DonҒt leave your pet unattended in the room and always keep it leashed when walking in public.
Its simple steps such as these that can help make the most out of your road trip and get you both excited for future pet transport outings. So have fun and drive safe!