Memorial Day symbolizes the start of summer for you and your pet. Before you start planning trips to the beach and summer getaways, keep in mind that it’s important to plan ahead for pet travel and always keep the best interests of your furry, four-legged friends in mind.
Traveling with your pet can be a wonderful and bonding experience or a not so pleasant one. It’s all a matter of proper planning and preparation.
Here are the top tips to ensure your Memorial Day getaway with your pet is a safe one.
• No heads out the window: it’s not safe. Your pet can easily be injured by flying debris. Never travel with a pet in the back of a pickup truck.
• Frequent pit stops. Always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. Most travel service areas have designated areas for walking your pet. Be sure to stay in this area particularly when your pet needs a potty break, and bring along a bag to pick up after your pet.
• Proper hydration. During your stops be sure to provide your pet with some fresh water. Sometimes traveling can upset your pet’s stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water.
• Watch the food intake. It is recommended that you keep feeding to a minimum during travel.
• Don’t leave them alone. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle can rise to 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows slightly open. An animal left alone in a vehicle is an open invitation to pet thieves.
• Practice restraint. Be sure that your pet is safely restrained in your vehicle. Utilizing a pet safety harness, travel kennel, vehicle pet barrier or pet car seat are the best ways to keep your pet safe.
• Safe and comfortable. Whatever method you choose to properly restrain your pet in your vehicle be sure to make their comfort a priority.