What would a holiday be without your four-legged furbaby? Keep their special needs top of mind while you plan your next road trip.
Our pets work hard to protect our homes and us, and wait long, lonely hours for us to come home after work. Taking them on vacation with you is a great reward for their loyalty and our friend Tata has these tips to help make it a memorable time:
- Pick a destination
You’ll have to plan very carefully and choose an animal-friendly destination/venue, so that they can roam freely and safely.
- Prep your pets for the long trip
Get them used to the motion of the car by taking them on short drives. Get well-ventilated fixed or stable crates and carriers with enough space to move around. If you don’t use crates, always secure your pet in the back seat with a harness connected to the seat buckle. They will need to face a window to prevent motion sickness, but don’t let them ride with their heads out the window.
- Pack a pet-friendly travel kit
Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first aid kit, and any travel documents. Pack a favourite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Be sure to pack plenty of water and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and always opt for bottled water. Drinking water from an area they aren’t familiar with could result in stomach discomfort.
- Take a break every now and then
Pull off the road and let your pet walk about on a leash at least every two hours. When you stop, ensure that there’s enough space to walk them comfortably and explore, not too exposed to the passing traffic.
- Never leave your animal alone in a parked car!
Even with the windows open, on a hot day a parked car will become unbearable and can cause your pet to suffer heatstroke – and die.
If your animals don’t enjoy road trips, despite being trained, speak to your vet about a mild sedative you can give them before you leave together.
Source: TATA. Image: Pixabay