For some, family trips aren’t complete without their pets being part of the fun. But travelling with your pets can get rather stressful at times, for you and your furry companions. There are a few things you can do to assure safe travel for your dear pets.
- Keep a blanket in the boot and make a place for them to sleep comfortably on the journey. Sleeping is an easy way for dogs to cope with motion sickness.
- Let them become accustomed to rides in a car. Drive slowly when you start the car. Start with short trips and gradually take them on longer ones.
- Make sure they donâ€™t jump around the vehicle. Donâ€™t roll down the window all the way and consider buying a pet safety belt. It ensures that in case of an accident, they aren’t displaced around the car.
- Take regular stops in between and let your pet out for a while. This will keep them relaxed. Try stopping somewhere relatively quiet and away from the road if possible.
- If youâ€™re taking a long distance trip, you may consider buying a crate and make sure to fasten it either between seats or on the floor.
- If you stop for food, park in the shade and let the windows down a little to let some cool air in. Keep giving your pet a bowl of water regularly to rehydrate.
- Feed your pet with a light meal three to four hours before the journey begins. Do not feed them in a moving vehicle – even if it is a long drive.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a car can become a furnace, and your pet can get heatstroke. In winters, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing them to freeze.
- Pet travelling kit: Carry food, a waste scoop, bowl, plastic bags, leash, medication, a pet first-aid kit and their favourite toy or pillow to make them feel comfortable.
So here you go! All the essential know howâ€™s for you when travelling with your pets. Your vacations will be even more enjoyable now.