Read About Small Pet Travel Safety

Being able to take your pet with you while traveling, is both a blessing and a curse. While you may not have to worry about what your beloved pet is up to at home or in the kennel, you do have to worry about your pet’s safety while traveling. There are several items that must be taken into account when using ground transportation.

First, if you are using professional ground transport, call in advance to find out specifics about bring pets along. At the moment, neither Greyhound nor Amtrak allow pets other than service animals. Other regional carriers may allow pets, but be sure to check for rules and regulations.

Second, check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. Also consult your vet about your pet traveling. Confirm that your pet is in good health and able to travel. If your pet has had trouble traveling in the past, whether it be stress or travel sickness, your veterinarian can help with medications and advice.

Third, once you have hit the road, NEVER leave your pet alone in the car. Temperatures in a car can increase rapidly even when it seems nice outside. A cracked window will not save your pet when the heat rises. Do not make a mistake that may cost your pet its life.

Forth, make sure your pet is tagged. It is imperative that your pet have identification. Pets can get separated from their owners quickly. Like children, expect the unexpected and be prepared for the worst. If your pet leaps from the car when the door opens or gets spooked and runs having this identification will be a huge help.

Fifth, plan for plenty of stops. Keep your pet hydrated. Even if backing off on food and water may help you make better time, it will hurt your pet in the end. Keeping your pet fed and hydrated will keep them feeling well and in good spirits. Think about your mood when you are hungry and thirsty; add in an odd location and you are asking for a difficult pet. Make frequent stops and let your pet get some air. Not only is stopping and getting out better for your pet, it is healthier for you.

Last, secure your pet. This may seem unnecessary, but if you stop short or get into an accident there is no protection for your pet. An unsecured pet is in danger and a danger. Not only will securing a pet keep them safe, but a restraint will keep them from distracting you while driving.

No matter where or how you travel, keeping your pet safe should be taken into consideration while planning. The more you prepare prior to the trip, the less stress you and your pet will feel during the trip.