Tips for Traveling with Pets in Cars

dogTraveling with pets definitely has its pros and cons, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. Follow these tips and tricks, and your vacation with your furry friend will be a breeze.

The best thing you can do to keep your pet in a good mood on the drive (and keep him from bugging you the whole time) is to get them used to taking trips in the car before you go, taking longer and longer drives each time you go out.

Don’t just let your dog or cat roam around in the backseat or sit in the passenger seat next to you. Your pet will feel more secure in a crate or carrier; and if you get in an accident, they’re less likely to be injured.

Pack up your pet’s favorite toys, a bowl, their medicine, plastic bags for picking up waste, and lots of water to give them on the go. Keeping pets well-fed and hydrated is the most important thing you can do, especially on extended road trips.

Don’t leave your pet in the car alone! Even with the windows down, they can develop heatstroke if it’s too hot.