PET AND CAR TRAVEL: HEALTH & SAFETY
With a little planning, travelling can become less stressful for you and your pet. The first step is to make sure everyone is SAFE and as comfortable as possible.
Whether it’s time for a visit to the veterinary or your next road trip, be sure to read and use these tips before your next journey.
10 TIPS PET OWNERS SHOULD READ BEFORE TRAVELLING WITH PETS
- Take your pet’s measurements and weight before you visit a shop that sells crates and carriers. Ask for assistance in terms of size. Buy an approved, well-ventilated crate or carrier that’s suitable for the form of transport you’ll be using. Take time before your trip to make sure your pet is comfortable and feels safe in the crate. (Tip: research crate training.)
- Before a long trip, go on short trips (around the block; to the store; etc.). Gradually lengthen the trips. Important: Always make sure the crate can’t slide around or fall over.
- Don’t feed your pet just before a trip or during a trip. Wait at least three hours before you depart after a light meal.
- Under no circumstances should you leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.
- Pack the following: food, water, bowls, leash and harness, waste scoop and bags, travel papers (if required), grooming kit, medication & pet first aid kit, favourite toys and a familiar blanket or pillow.
- In general and especially before travel, get your pet microchipped and attach a tag with your mobile number and address to the collar. Also take a backup tag with your mobile number and destination. Your dog should wear a flat (not a choke) collar.
- Don’t let your dog stick his head out the window. It could be dangerous. Your dog should be in a crate that’s secured (attached to the seat or seat buckle).
- If you’re going to cross borders, bring your pet’s vaccination record.
- Bring enough water from home that your pet is used to. Water from a different area could lead to an upset stomach.
- Rubberised floor liners and waterproof seat covers are good investments for owners who frequently travel with pets.