Summertime… and the living’s easy! It’s that time of year to load up the family in the car and go on vacay. That may include your furry family member. Here’s a few things to keep in mind to make road travel as stress free as possible for your dog or cat.
Desensitize them to car rides. Try going on short car rides to get them used to the car. If they’re easily stressed, they may need an anti-anxiety medication from your veterinarian to help them get used to car rides. Bringing their favorite treats or toys may also help them feel more at ease in the car.
Make sure they’re in a secure place in the car. Cat carriers or dog kennels should be secured so that it cannot slide around or fly forward should you need to abruptly stop. There are now even seat belt harnesses designed for dogs to prevent them from flying forward.
Pack a travel kit for your pet. Make sure you have proof of rabies vaccine when going across state lines. You may also need a health certificate depending on the state. Check out state guidelines before your trip to properly prepare. Of course, make sure to pack essentials—food, water, bowls, poop bags, and first aid materials and medications.
Proper identification may also be wise to have. Microchip placement can help to find a lost pet if the worst should happen. Name tags on their collars are also another form of identification.
Do not leave your pets in a car unattended! In the hot summer of some parts of the country, temperatures rise quickly in closed cars, and signs of heat stroke can develop.
Taking the time to prepare your pet for travel can only make for a better vacation for you and your furry family member!
Diana Tran, DVM