Going on a long road trip with pets can be a daunting task. On one hand, you want to make sure that your pets are comfortable. On the other, you have to make sure that you are taking the appropriate steps to make sure that they are safe. Bringing a pet on vacation can be a lot of fun and will ensure that you don't spend your valuable vacation time worrying about your pets as you travel. Unfortunately, cars aren't exactly designed with pets in mind. So when you go on your road trip, take these tips into consideration to keep your pet safe:
Crate Your Pets
Although it is natural for you to feel bad about crating your dog while traveling, it is truly the best safety measure that you can take. If you have negative feelings about crating your pet while traveling, keep one thing in mind — they don't mind being in the crate. In fact, many pets feel safer while in one.
The trick is to not present the crate to your pet as if it were a prison. Rather, present it to them as a safe place where they can relax and feel at-home. Create a positive energy. Dogs are more willing than cats to accept a crate, but both can benefit from becoming well-acquainted with the create prior to a road trip.
Give Them Ample Opportunity to Eat and Drink
Being in a crate can make road trips difficult. The crate may not have room for food or water bowls, or you may be concerned that they will knock them over. If you are not able to place food and water in their crate, then you should make sure that you are stopping and giving them the opportunity to eat and drink often enough to keep them comfortable.
Consider Anxiety Medications
Some pets are not comfortable riding in cars, and they never will be. If you are worried about how your pet will react during a long road trip, you should speak with your local vet about anti-anxiety or sedation options while traveling. Although not the right option for every pet, some pets respond well to medication and can get through long rides without issue.
Find Pet-Friendly Hotels, Inquire about Restrictions
You shouldn't just roll into a hotel and then ask if they allow pets. Call ahead before heading out on your road trip and map out the pet-friendly locations along the way. This will save you a lot of headaches while you are out on the road. Keep in mind that some hotels have breed restrictions, especially for dogs.
Give your Pets Long Walks Throughout the Trip
If you were stuck in a crate for several hours, you would want to have the opportunity to get out and stretch your legs. You should ensure that they have several opportunities throughout the day to get out of the car and stretch their legs. This will not only make them more willing to put up with long trips in the car, but also gives you the ability to ensure that they do not go to the bathroom in the car as well.
Let Them See You While Driving
Pets often just feel better when they can see their owner. Instead of turning the crate around away from the driver, face it toward the occupants of the car so that they can see you while traveling. This often has a calming effect.
Traveling with pets can take a lot of the worry out of traveling and allow you to better enjoy your road trip, but there are some unique considerations. By following these tips you can ensure that your pet has a safe and comfortable road trip that they will love!