Summer is just around the corner and with it come well deserved vacations or weekend getaways. For some boarding or having a pet sitter care for your four legged family members is the way to go but for those that want to travel with their pet here are some tips for a safe journey.
If traveling by car, you should have a way to restrain your pet. There are many manufactures that make harnesses that attach to your seat belts. Not only will this restrain your pet in case of an accident, but it also keeps them from roaming throughout the vehicle, or jumping out the door or window. Remember to limit the time your pet spends with his head out the window, while he/she may love this-their eyes can be damaged by airborne debris.
Bring lots of water and make frequent stops. Not only can your pet relieve themselves, but a short walk will stretch your legs and make for a more comfortable journey. Some pets are susceptible to car sickness as well. This can be avoided by not feeding large meals and taking a few shorter “practice” trips to get your pet used to the routines of the road. There are also medications that your veterinarian can prescribe to prevent motion sickness.