Traveling With Your Pet
Updated: Mar 28, 2018
Traveling with your pet can be hassle-free with a little bit of planning. Below are some tips to help you with this.
- Don't forget your dog's medication. Bring plenty of it so you’re not running out of medication when it’s needed. It would also be a good idea to have your veterinarian contact information in case you lose the medication, so the vet can call in a prescription should the other get lost.
- Book pet safe accommodation. Find out ahead of time that the hotel you make reservations at will accept pets. You don’t want to assume that there is a pet friendly hotel in a town you intend to stay in and when you get there, you’re turned away for having a pet or the one’s that allow the pets are all booked up.
- Make sure your pet wears a collar with tags. One tag should be a current rabies tag and the other tag should have the dog's name, your name, address, town, state, and phone numbers. If you have a cell phone, add your cell phone number to the ID tag. It wouldn’t hurt to get a microchip implanted either. This is a much more reliable source of identification.
- Bring along your pet’s essentials. Don't forget to take basic things like food dishes, bed or pillow and a couple of its favorite toys. Having familiar items along for the trip can help ease the stress of traveling and make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your animal companion.
- Stop frequently for exercise breaks. A well-exercised animal will sleep and not be all over the place in a vehicle. Most highway rest stops have places to walk your dog. Follow the guidelines and make sure to clean up after your pet. Common courtesy will insure the facilities will welcome pets in the future.
Keeping Your Dog Safe On the Road
Car rides are the favorite of many dogs. There are some precautions you can take to make sure this activity will be enjoyable for both of you for years to come.
If you have any type of car with a trunk open to the inside of the car or with some other vehicles, you can have your dog ride in the back separated from you by a gate or a net. If you have a regular car, there are special dog seat belts and other types of restraints available. You don’t want your dog flying forward if you must stop quickly. You also don’t want him trying to climb into the front and distracting you.
Dog owners who drive a pickup truck should not let dogs ride free in the pickup bed. This can create a dangerous situation for the dog and other drivers if your dog falls out or decides to jump out. Dogs that ride without restraints in the pickup bed may go flying if you stop short and suddenly. Tying the dog in the bed is not a good idea either as the dog may still jump or fall out and wind up being choked or dragged along the road The best and safest solution is to have your dog ride in the cab of the truck with you. .
Never leave your dog in the car with the windows completely up - especially in summer. The interior of a car can heat up quickly, reaching temperatures in excess of 120 degrees in a very short time. This could cause heat exhaustion and even death to your dog. If you are going to have to leave the vehicle and can’t take your dog with you, it is best to leave him at home for this trip. It is better to have him disappointed today than not around tomorrow.