Summer is always a fun time to get our pets out on the road or in flight with us to wherever our hearts have called us to go. So to ensure you have a safe and smooth trip, we’ve put together a few tips we learned from a brilliant piece in the Huffington Post, for you to keep in mind.
1. According to AAA, about 30,000 accidents are caused each year by an unrestrained dog in the front seat. Pets freely wandering the vehicle aren’t only a distraction to the driver, but they’re also more likely to be injured in the event of an accident. You can help ensure a safe trip by restraining your furry friend with a pet barrier, pet seat belt, pet car seat or travel crate.
2. Attach a second tag to your pet’s collar that includes the address and phone number of where you’ll be staying during your trip. Also, bring your pet’s medical records, or a copy, along in case of an emergency.
3. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes, which can be deadly. If you’ll be visiting a destination where pets aren’t allowed, leave them at a pet-friendly hotel — or at home — instead of the car.
4. Before the flight, play with your cat or take your dog for a walk. The more tired your pet is, the more likely it is to sleep during the trip.
5. Purchase a kennel that has room for your pet to turn around and stand without hitting its head. If your pet hasn’t traveled before, spend some time getting the animal used to being in the carrier.