Riding In Cars with Pets: Tips for Safe Travels on the Road - KiiOui Pet Store

Riding In Cars with Pets: Tips for Safe Travels on the Road

Riding In Cars with Pets

So you've decided to emBARK upon a road trip with your precious pal. Through our own trial and error, we have compiled a list of quick tips to help make your next road trip as smooth as possible.

Tips for Safe Travels on the Road

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1) Start with short trips

As with any new task approached with your pet, it's best to take baby steps! Rather than jump right into an 8-hour road trip, start by getting your pet acquainted with the car on shorter trips, such as running errands, whenever possible.

2) Plan frequent stops for potty breaks and stretching 

Consider the route you will take to your destination - are there designated rest areas? If traveling at night - are the roads well-lit? You'll want to make sure that there are several opportunities for rest stops along the way where your pet can do their business safely and in peace.

3) Manage Feeding

It is ideal to serve a full meal to your pet a few hours before your trip, which helps to avoid extra potty breaks. However, be sure to have food (frozen, if wet) and water accessible on the road in case there are any unexpected, significant delays encountered during your trip.

4) Manage Temperature

Never leave your pet unattended in your vehicle. Exposing your pet to extreme temperatures for an extended period of time can be fatal! Certain breeds, such as dogs with broad, short snouts (also known as brachycephalic breeds) are especially susceptible to heatstroke.

5) Pet ID and Microchips 

Just as you would never leave home without your own ID, make sure your baby has one, too! If you can swing it, we highly recommend also having your pet microchipped for ultimate peace of mind.

6) Health Records

In case of emergency, keep digital or hard copies of your pet's health records handy.

7) First Aid Kits

If you are an experienced road tripper, you may already have a first-aid kit for humans stored in your car. However, these kits do not necessarily contain all the items that target common, pet-specific needs (such as hydrogen peroxide - see Small Door Vet for more information).

8) Prepare your car 

Consider getting a carrier or booster seat that safely restrains your dog while you're driving. You might also want special seat covers to help protect the car from pet hair or accidents (especially when driving a rental!).

9) Manage anxiety and car sickness

There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications available that may help reduce your pet's motion-sickness or anxiety or sedate them during your trip. Speak to your vet ahead of planned travel to learn about the best medication for your pet and the appropriate dosage.

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