As you hit the road this holiday season, traveling with your pet can be stressful. Your trusted car dealer in mid-Missouri is here to share some helpful tips when traveling with pets. Here at Spieler's Inc., we know how much you love your fur babies and we want to help you enjoy traveling this holiday! We have a few tips on how to get prepared for your trip and how to make the trip a little easier.
One way to help ease stress while traveling is to plan ahead. You know your pet, so planning for what makes them comfortable will go a long way. Pack a bag of essentials just for your animal. Grab any toys, leash, travel food/water bowl, food, muzzle (if needed), blanket, pillow, crate, and car harness (if you use one). Long trips are not the time to test products on your pet. If your pet is never in a crate, this is not the time to try it out. Practice with your pet prior to leaving, and it will help ease your pet's anxiety. Many animals get car sick when traveling, so if this is your pet, call the vet to see what remedies they recommend.
Keep Your Pet Safe
Some pets like going on car rides, while others have a ton of anxiety when traveling. No matter the temperament of your animal, make sure they are safe while traveling. Crates are a great way to help contain your pet while traveling. It gives your animal a sense of comfort all while keeping them from jumping all over your vehicle. Crates are also easy to fold up and store when not in use, making them great for traveling. You can also use a pet seatbelt that are easy to fasten to most vehicles. This method gives them the same sense of comfort all while being closer to the family. Avoid allowing your pet to roam while driving, this distraction can cause an accident.
Know your route and any stops you need to make along the way. If you plan on shopping or making extra stops, have a game plan for your pet. Never leave a pet unattended in your vehicle on super hot or super cold days.
Plan Extra Travel Time
Know your route and what areas are pet-friendly. You will need to make a few stops when traveling a long distance to allow your pet to stretch, play, potty and grab a drink. Research areas that allow pets to use the restroom or that have pet parks. Pet stores that allow pets are great options for a quick stretch in bad weather. Make sure you allow extra time for your stops.
Limit Water & Food
Limit the amount of water and food you give your pet while traveling. Limiting their consumption will help limit the number of bathroom stops you will have to make. It is ok to give your pet water and food but don't give a full feeding. Try to have your pet use the restroom before leaving on your trip, so you can make it a good distance before needing a bathroom break.
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