Vacation time is here, and if you're traveling by car, make sure you have a snack, plenty of water, and entertainment for when you're bored on the road (if you're not driving). Did you forget the same equipment for your dog? Driving in a car can be stressful for many pets, but if you are well prepared, you can enjoy long journeys together.
1. CRATE OR SEAT BELT
The safest way to transport a dog in a car is to place it in cage or car carriers . If you don't have that option, get it for him seat belts designed specifically for dogs. Attention, never tie him over the collar , always use a harness that, in the event of an impact, even when braking hard, spreads and does not jerk the dog's neck. A dog whose movement around the car is not restricted in any way can be thrown from the seat in an accident or injured by an airbag, so approach its security in the same way as, for example, when strapping children into car seats.
2. FEAR OF TRAVELING BY A CAR
Many dog owners cannot imagine a holiday without their pet, so they take it with them even hundreds of kilometers away. There are furry people who enjoy driving, but you may know the opposite. The dog feels sick while driving, it is difficult to get him into the car, he is stressed. In this case, it is worth considering whether the pet would be better at home in its own comfort. However, if a car journey is unavoidable, discuss with your vet the possibility of sedatives or anti-nausea products.
3. TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Just as you pack all the necessary things in your car, pack them for your dog as well. You should not forget about water, a bowl, possibly treats or a toy . They are important during long trips with the dog regular stops and for example fetch toy can help the dog to stretch properly. Of course, don't forget about enough food, a leash, excrement bags, a bed or a blanket and any medication . Make sure the dog does not have access to his food in the car. The last thing you want to deal with on your long-awaited vacation is an overfed dog and where to get his brand of kibble.
4. NAME TAGS AND MICROCHIP CHECK
Before you go on vacation, check if he has a name tag and microchip with your current data . After all, think about this every time you change your home address or phone number. It happens that a dog is found that has a tag and/or a microchip, but no one can be reached at the given contact. As part of the inspection, also check if the dog has all of them valid vaccinations . Especially if you are traveling abroad, don't forget his passport and vaccination certificate with a certificate of vaccination against rabies. It's also a good idea to check what mandatory vaccinations the country requires.
5. REGULAR STOPS
You certainly can't wait to be at the finish line. But keep in mind that a several-hour car ride may not be comfortable for the dog. Therefore plan regular stops when he can drink, stretch and go outside . Abroad, you can even come across a dog playground right next to gas stations. If your dog gets sick in the car, consider giving him food.
Traveling with a pet can be fun with enough planning and preparation. We wish you a happy journey!