Top 10 Tips for Traveling with Pets

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6) Work out Anxiety Issues Before Your Trip

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Many people think their pets experience motion sickness when traveling, but it usually has more to do with nervousness. Spend some time in the weeks leading up to your trip making the car a positive place. Start slow; reward your pet for getting in the car with a favorite treat. Gradually increase the amount of time in the car and eventually drive around the neighborhood, giving treats along the way. If your pet does have motion sickness problems or is extremely anxious, talk to your vet about travel remedies available.

7) Keep Your Pets Secured in the Vehicle

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Bring along your kennel and secure it in the car or invest in a doggie seatbelt attachment. Taking these steps ensure your pet will not distract you while driving by jumping between seats. More importantly, in the event of an accident they may save you and your pet’s life.

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8) Identification tags

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It’s very important to make sure that your pet will have a ID tag on him at all times and if you have a travel phone number you should include it on the tag. Just like us pets can easily get lost in a different environment.

9) Take Time to Exercise Your Pet

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This point is especially true if you have a young or overactive pet. Give them time to get out and stretch their legs on a long walk, have a drink, and perhaps a snack. Parks are nice, but you can also find plenty of places to walk them around restaurants, malls, gas stations, etc. Let them sniff to their hearts content and don’t forget to bring plenty of bags to pick up their waste.

10) Never, Ever Leave Your Pet in Extreme Heat or Cold

Just as you would never leave a child in extreme temperatures in a car, never leave your pet in a car in extreme heat or cold. On a summer day temperatures in a car can climb above 100 °F (38 °C) in a matter of minutes and can be fatal to a pet left unattended. Cracking the window will not be enough to keep your pet cool. In the winter, being exposed to extreme cold for extended periods of time can lead to hypothermia. If you notice a pet who is suffering in a vehicle call the local sheriff department and alert them of the issue.

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Submitted by: Dana Kennedy
Dana is a stay-at-home mom, former zookeeper, and adjunct professor. She loves to travel, read, cook, spend time with her family, and experience all that life has to offer.


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