January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day, a day to highlight the dangers of unsecured pets in vehicles and to educate people about how to make vehicle travel safer for people and their pets.
Your pets are a part of the family and we know that sometimes a vacation or traveling isn'ÂÂt the same when your pets aren'ÂÂt with you. While traveling with pets can be stressful for both you and your furry friends, you can ensure a safe and happy ride with some preparation. The ASPCA has shared 10 safety tips for safe car travels with your pet.
1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a
well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard
plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it's
large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And P.S.,
it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home
before your trip.
2. Get your pet geared up for a long trip
by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time
spent in the car. And please be sure to always secure the crate so it won't
slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.
3. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule
should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don't
feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle--even if it is a long drive.
4. Never leave your animal alone in a
parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile
can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a
car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to
freeze to death.
5. What in your pet's traveling kit? In
addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags,
grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or
pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
6. Make sure your pet has a microchip for
identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address,
as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone
number and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat
(never choke!) collars, please.
7. Don't allow your pet to ride with his
head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects. And
please keep him in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a
8. Traveling across state lines? Bring
along your pet's rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof
at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn't a problem, it's
always smart to be on the safe side.
9. When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt
for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an
area he's not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.
10. If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.
Click here to read more and to print out a PDF version of these safety tips!