5 Tips for Traveling in the Car with Your Pet

The holidays are here, and for many families, that means traveling to see relatives or friends, or going on vacation. As you’re packing and making plans, don’t forget to keep your pet’s needs in mind if they’ll be coming along. They come with their own considerations to ensure they stay safe, healthy, and happy.

  1. Pack the Essentials.

Bring a bag along just for your pet. Make sure you have enough food to last throughout the trip, plus a little extra in case you get delayed. You don’t want to have to give them a food they’re not used to because you ran out or couldn’t find what they normally eat. Bring bowls for food and water so you can let them eat or drink during breaks, and don’t forget any medications they may take as well. Keep them comfortable – especially if it’s cold outside – with a warm blanket they can lay on or under.

Bring copies of any licenses, registrations, or vaccinations, as you never know what different states, hotels, or other facilities require. Also, in case of an emergency, you will have their general records right at your fingertips. Don’t forget to double-check that your contact information on their tag or microchip is up to date. They should be wearing their collar at all times, just in case.

  • Secure Them in the Car.

The last thing you need while driving is the distraction of your dog or cat running across the seats, jumping into your lap, or possibly ending up under your feet. Keep them safe by using a travel carrier or a harness that attaches to the seatbelt. In the event of an accident, an unsecured pet can quickly become dangerous. Plus, having them secured means they won’t accidently jump out of the car as soon as the door opens and run off.

Do a few practice runs before you leave to let your pet get used to being restrained or in a carrier in the car. See how they respond and what the best option for them is.

  • Plan Regular Breaks.

Schedule extra stops into your travel plans. Your dog needs time to stretch its legs, go to the bathroom, and eat and drink just like you do. Try not to rush things along and drive for extended periods of time without breaks.

  • Do Your Research.

If you’re staying in a hotel, make sure it is pet friendly. Ask about any restrictions, limitations, or additional fees. Find out what type of accommodations they offer for pets and what the expectations are. You never want to leave your pet unattended in the car, so ensure they are welcome wherever you go, or that someone stays with them in the vehicle.

It’s also a good idea to know where the closest veterinary hospital is to where you are staying, just in case. Packing a small pet first aid kit can also be helpful. It’s better to be prepared.

  • Board Your Pet Instead.

If you know that your pet gets anxious or sick in the car, they’re getting older and are not a good traveler anymore, or they are not well behaved, it may be better to board them instead of bringing them along. Travel can be stressful for pets, and it can create more stress for the family as well. They may be more comfortable staying behind and enjoying a mini vacation of their own at a boarding facility such as the Lake Wylie Pet Resort. You can have peace of mind knowing they are safe, well cared for, and all of their needs are met.

Book your dog or cat’s next stay by contacting Lake Wylie Pet Resort today!