Summer is upon us and it’s time to make some magical memories. Planes, trains and automobiles – any of these modes of transportation present unique challenges for you and your pet. We’re here to help! We’ve pooled our staff, spoken with colleagues, and completed some online research to provide unique bits of advice that we hope you will find useful during your summer travels.
Part 1 – Traveling by Car
Here are some ideas to make sure you are not pulling your hair out during your next road trip.
- Keep them safe: It’s always safer to travel in a car when you and your pet are securely fastened to your seats. Crates make an ideal choice for pet’s when traveling, but dog seat belts and/or car barriers can work as well. If you use a seat belt, secure your dog in the backseat; if deployed, airbags can present a dangerous hazard for you pet. Also, make sure your pet has an ID. Travel or no travel, we recommend every pet be microchipped; however, this permanent form of ID can be especially critical when traveling with your pet. Have an alternate ID on them as well that includes your cell phone number in case of separation. And safety rule #1 for road trips – never leave your pet in a car unattended! Not only is this life threatening for your pet, it can be life threatening. 75 degrees outside can easily turn into 110 degrees in a vehicle!
- Keep them entertained: Yes, distraction works with dogs (sometimes cats). We recommend you keep your pet stimulated while traveling by offering some new toys and gifting them to your furry baby every hour or so.
- Keep them exhausted: Before you hit the road, spend time playing with them or letting them run about. Burning off some of their excess energy will not only prevent them from bouncing off the back seat but improves their overall well-being. A tired pup is always a well-behaved traveler!
- Keep the Anacapa Animal Hospital Travel Checklist Handy: Always be prepared with a travel check list. Here’s one we created just for you! Anacapa Animal Hospital – Pet Travel Checklist
Other great pet travel related resources:
Staff Recommended Products:
- ClickIt Utility Dog Safety Harness – by Sleepypod
This Y-shaped harness spreads collision force across your pet’s body. The straps are made from the same seatbelt webbing found in a Volvo and the hardware fashioned from steal rather than plastic or aluminum. It is designed to be used in the backseat (which again is safer for your pet) and can be linked to child-seat anchors. It can be used in dogs weighing 18 or more pounds.
- KONG Classic -by KONG
The KONG Classic has been the gold standard of dog toys for over thirty years. This super-bouncy, red natural rubber compound is perfect for dogs that like to chew. Add a little peanut butter in the inside and it’s perfect for almost any dog.
- Solvit Waterproof Bench Seat Cover for PetsThe Solvit bench seat over is a great way to keep your backseat in shape while you are on your road trip. There are openings in the cover to allow access to the seat belt buckles and latches so it should work well with the ClickIt Safety Harness.
Happy and Safe Travels!