Are you planning a road trip with your furry friend? Keep them safe with these tips from ASPCA on traveling with a dog in you car.
To prepare your pet for a lengthy journey, it is recommended to gradually increase the duration of car rides by taking them on several shorter trips beforehand.
To ensure your pet’s comfort during travel, it is recommended to establish a feeding schedule with a light meal of kibble two to three hours before departing. As canine obedience professionals, we advise to to avoid feeding your pet while in a moving vehicle.
When traveling with a dog, it is recommended to bring necessary items such as
- Travel Documents.
- Waste Scoop.
- Plastic Bags.
- Grooming Supplies.
- Pet First-A Kit.
Additionally, it is suggested to pack a favorite toy or pillow to provide comfort. It is important for pets to have a flat collar with an ID tag containing home address information, as well as a temporary travel tag with relevant contact information.
When transporting your dog in a car, it is recommended to use a harness instead of a leash. For smaller animals, it is advised to use a well-ventilated crate.
It is not recommended to allow pets to stick their head out of car windows due to the potential risks of flying objects, inner-ear damage, and lung infections. Some dogs may also attempt to jump out. For pet owners who are traveling with a dog often, it may be worth considering purchasing waterproof seat covers or rubberized floor liners from auto product retailers.