When it comes to traveling with our beloved four-legged friends, there are many important precautions and safety measures to consider before taking them out on the open road.
Laws and regulations are constantly changing all across our nation, around the world, and even in the skies that can be confusing when it comes to keeping our companion animals safe from harm when traveling.
Recent headlines shared a tragic event where a precious little pooch passed away after being forced to ride in the overhead compartment during a domestic flight. This occurrence may seem rare, but it emphasizes that our beloved companion animals should never be treated as casual cargo.
While awaiting new government legislation, there are several ways we can ensure our animals are safe when traveling with us. Let’s look at our top picks for protecting our pets when we’re driving with them long distance:
- Plan A Pet-Friendly Route
Pit stops along the way are always an important part of our travel plans, whether our passengers are humans or pets. Given today’s technology, we can easily Google our way across the USA with pet-friendly lodging options, animal events and stopping stations that welcome our little loved ones. Map out your route before taking off!
- Environmental Issues
While researching the best places to stop and stretch your legs, think about the area you’ll be visiting and consider the flora and fauna that could be potentially dangerous to pets. Be aware of times of the year when critters like snakes, rodents and predators may be more prevalent and pose threats to our beloved pets.
- Even More Research
If travel plans include relocating to another area permanently, be sure to do some extra homework about how a new locale may affect your pet. Changes in elevation, terrain, temperatures, even crossing certain time zones can affect your animal in the same way it does for you.
- Crate, Crate, Crate
All crate discussions aside, it’s still the very best, safest way for a pet to travel. Think of it this way – if an accident occurs, you may not be in a position to protect your pet if you’re injured. Emergency responders will be able to quickly grab your best friend using the handle on top of a portable pet carrier and quickly escort them to safety.
- UFOs Inside A Vehicle
Flying objects inside a vehicle can cause serious injuries and even death in the event of a collision or even an unexpected stop. Even an airborne cell phone can be dangerous when flying around inside a vehicle during an accident. When your animal is inside their traveling crate, they are safe and sound from flying threats.
- Consult Your Vet
It may be beneficial to consult with your veterinarian before taking an extended road trip with your pet. Discussing your upcoming journey with them ensures a safe and rewarding trip for both you and your beloved companion.
- Pack Food, Medication and Water