Whether you travel on vacation, you move to a new home, or get on the road for any other reason, you may find yourself taking your pet on the road. It’s less common to take cats on vacation because they don’t often travel well, but many people take their dogs wherever they go. No matter what pet you take, traveling with a pet can be both fun and trying.
An important part of traveling with a pet is keeping it calm. Some pets get situated easily and can be distracted with treats and toys. Others need some help. It may require some hands-on soothing. Or, some natural soothers found at your local pet store may help. You can certainly talk to your vet about sedation if you feel it necessary. However, never try to sedate your pet without talking to your vet.
Keeping your pet safe in the car is also paramount. Restrain your dog with appropriate accouterments. There are devices made specifically for this that you can purchase. Keep your dog’s head out of the window at all times. For cats, it’s best to keep them confined to their carriers. Make sure they have enough room to move, turn, and be comfortable.
Your pets need breaks from the car. They need to stretch their legs, get some air, and relieve themselves, just like you. So, plan to take a few extra breaks on your way. Find a good rest stop with some open space. Keep your pet on a leash when you take him or her out. Show your cat the litter box and give him or her a chance to use it. Offer your pets water, too; travel can sometimes bring on dehydration, particularly if your pet gets motion sickness.
If you need more advice for going on the road with your pet, come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals.