Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe and Comfy in Transit

August 4th, 2015 by

It’s a fundamental truth that pets are our best friends as we travel through life. Whether you pick them or they pick you, they’re a companion in your adventures – whether you’re at home or on the road, you want to be by each other’s side. At Driver’s Auto Mart, we want to make sure your car is part of the lifestyle you love. So what’s the best way to bring your pet along with you? Here are some ways to make sure they’re as safe as possible in your travels.

Pack the Essentials

Taking your pet on a road trip is more than just packing enough food to last. Think about all their day to day needs and accommodate them accordingly. Here are some things that your pet may appreciate in the car:

  • If you’re going far from home, different tap water may upset their stomach, which is an unpleasant experience for everyone involved. If you pack bottled water, bring extra for your pet, or pack jugs of tap water from home.
  • A travel kit for pets differs a bit from a travel kit for humans (yes, even though you and your animal relate to each other). In addition to food, pack a bowl, a leash, a waste scoop for walks, any medication, and a toy, blanket, or pillow for familiarity purposes.
  • If you’re crossing state lines, bring your pet’s vaccination records. You can never be too careful, and some states have different vaccination requirements.

Don’t Lose Track

A pet getting loose is every owner’s worst nightmare, but sometimes it happens. To prevent even more panic than you’ll already be feeling, here are some ways to make sure your pet comes back to you safely and happily.

  • Microchip your pet and get identification tags for them. Be sure to include information like your cell phone number  and home address and provide temporary tags with your destination phone number and address.
  • It may increase your pet’s comfort and give you a little more peace of mind if you secure them in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. It’s imperative that it’s large enough for your pet to move around (standing, sitting, lying down, and turning around are all things they should be able to do). If you get them acclimated to the crate before your trip, it may even keep them calm in the car.

And of course, the most important rule: do not leave your pet in a hot car. We cannot overstate how important this is! Enjoy your trip as a bonding experience. If you’re looking for your next road trip-worthy vehicle, come Visit Driver’s Auto Mart, our Florida used car dealership and check out options that will keep everyone comfortable.