Dog Car Safety – Tips for Travelling
Are You Traveling With Your Dog?
Happy National Dog Day!
Travelling with dogs in cars, especially over long distances —can be challenging for both the pet and the owner. You don’t want your dog to get overheated, dehydrated, or have an ‘accident’ in your car. That’s why it’s essential to ensure that your dog is in good health. Moreover, you must consider their needs for the trip.
Get A Check-Up At The Vet Before You Leave
Ensure that your pet is up-to-date with their vaccinations. And prepared for any flea, tick, or heartworm risks on the road.
Your vet will also be able to help you with car sickness, diarrhea, and restlessness remedies. Also, if you don’t have your pet microchipped, getting them chipped before a major road trip is a great idea too!
Prepare Your Dog for the Long Drive
If your dog isn’t used to long periods in a car, you should consider getting them accustomed to it. Before embarking on a significant road trip, take your pet on a series of drives. The drives will help them get used to being in the car for a longer durations.
If you often travel with your dog, invest in rubberized floor mats and waterproof seat covers. Not only will this protect your car from damage. But it will also provide extra comfort for those long hours on the road.
If you often travel with your dog, invest in rubberized floor mats and waterproof seat covers. Not only will this protect your car from damage, but it will also provide extra comfort.
Consider a dog car safety harness or dog car safety belt. These options can help secure your pet in the case of an accident and prevent injury, similar to how a seat belt works for a human. If you have a giant dog, the best place for them to ride is usually the trunk of a larger car like a station wagon or SUV. Then they have plenty of space to lie down, windows to look out, and you can keep an eye on them.
It would be best if you planned stops every couple of hours on the trip. Depending on the needs of your particular breed of dog. You know your pet best, and you’ll quickly get a sense of how often they need to use the bathroom and move around.
Every time you stop, you should pour some freshwater into a bowl and give them a few minutes to drink and rehydrate. It would be best if you also took them for a quick 15 to 30-minute walk. The walk will ensure they can get rid of some pent-up energy.
Bring a Pet Travel Kit
Make sure you put together a travel safety kit when taking your dog on a road trip. Including:
- Food + Treats.
- Dog Seatbelt.
- Drinking water.
- Food and water bowls.
- A first aid kit, including tweezers, bandages, tape, gauze, and more.
- Proof of vaccinations and health records (especially if camping at a campground or entering a national park).
- A leash and ID tags.
- Photos of your pet, in case you become separated.
- Paper towels and carpet cleaner for messes.
- An old sheet, in case of rain.
- A pet bed or soft pet crate with blankets.
- A toy or two — something to throw for larger dogs.
- Any medications, vitamins.
- Plastic bags.