1. If you're planning to travel by car with your pet, you should prepare in advance. If your pet has never been in the car before, make some short trips first to see how he/she reacts. Some animals behave just fine, but others suffer from anxiety or even motion sickness. If the latter is the case for your pet, talk to your veterinarian about appropriate medications. While you're at it, make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations.
2. Most cats feel safer in the car if they travel in a small crate. To prepare your cat for crate time, leave the crate around the house for a few days so the cat gets used to it. This also works for dogs. If you plan on harnessing your dog or keeping it in a crate in the car, get them familiarized with that feeling.
3. Make sure your pet is wearing its identification tags and is micro chipped in case it manages to escape your during the trip.
4. Do you pack a toiletry kit for yourself when you travel? Why not pack one for your pet as well?
5. If you're travelling out of province, bring your pet's health records along. You'll need them in case your pet bites someone or gets bitten. Put your name, destination address and cell phone number on your pet's crate in case of emergency.
6. Portable water bowls - You can even buy one that folds up and bottled water are a great idea. You never know what might upset your pet's tummy, and you certainly don't want to find out while you're trapped in a small car together. So, stick with water - No food until you reach your destination for the day.
7. Don't forget a pooper scooper, waste bags, treats, an extra leash and your pet's favorite pillow or toy for comfort.
8. Many pets sleep in the car, but just as many of them wind up getting restless. Letting your dog hang its head out the window at highway speed is dangerous. Your dog could be hit by flying objects and the wind and cold air can cause inner-ear damage and lung infections. Excitable canines can also unexpectedly leap out an open window, leading to serious injury or death. Instead, bring along a favorite chew toy, treats and other objects that will keep your pet entertained and busy.
9. During any trip, it's important to stop often so your pet can stretch its legs, relieve itself, burn off some excess energy and sniff out its new surroundings. he best part is you'll enjoy a break from driving just as much!
10. The best way to keep your pet safe during a car trip is to use a restraint system. You can purchase a harness that attaches to your regular seat belts, or straps that attach to the ceiling of the car. You wear a seat belt for your own safety -- give your pet the same respect. The best restraint system for your pet depends on its size and breed, as well as the size of your vehicle. There are many options from which to choose & if you need to use a crate for your larger pet, make sure it is well secured and cushioned. In the event of an accident, the animal can slam against the sides of the crate, making it very important that your pet ride in the backseat so it won't get injured if a front seat airbag is deployed.