5 Safety Tips for Traveling with your Dog in the Car

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5 safety tips for traveling with your dog in the car
For many of us our dogs are our family and we don’t want to leave them behind when we travel. There are a few things you can do to make sure the trip is safe and secure for your dog.

Tags – This is one of the most important things in my opinion. Sometimes things happen and you want want your dog found. Many dogs have micro-chips but you will also want to make sure that you have a sturdy collar and an up to date tag with your dog’s name, your address, and your cell phone number.  Also have an up to date picture of your dog that can be photocopied to pass around, to make it easier for others to recognize and safely return if they get lost.

Travel Kit – You pack a travel pack for yourself so why not pack for your dog too. We make sure to have extra bowls, bottles of water, pooper scooper, and waste bags. Don’t forget the dog treats and favorite toys. Being prepared helps keep your dog calm.

Safety harness or leashes- Leash your pet for their own security and do make sure that it is a long leash. They will be hyperactive during the journey and the long leash will give them enough freedom yet put certain limitations on them. Also a safety harness is a better option than a collar as it is easier to attach a leash to a harness than a collar and also a cat can slip out of a collar but not from a harness.

Keep the first aid kit handy: Yes, agreed that your pet has all its vaccination in place and it is a docile dog still, however, long distance journeys make your pets restless and they might hurt you by their nails unknowingly. That’s when a first aid kit would come handy.

Car sickness– This is rarer in dogs that have been used to car travel since they were puppies but can still be a problem in some dogs. To help combat this, make sure the dog can see out of a window and also make sure that there is fresh air – open a window. If it is still a problem, a vet can recommend car sickness products and dosages. Similarly, if you have a dog who just will not calm down enough to get used to car travel. In these cases when you really have to transport your dog it is best to ask your vet for some mild tranquilizers for the dog to ease its stress.

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  1. Jenna Wood says

    We keep a kit in the car, mainly in case we run across a stray or lost animal- but it’s come in handy with the dog on travels too. These are all wonderful tips to keep in mind!

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