Talk 2 The Animals: National Pet Travel Safety Day

Today is National Pet Travel Safety Day. If you’re like me, every day is pet travel safety day at your household, but it does do us good to have one day to be reminded about safety tips and to bring this to the forefront of your mind. Here. are some tips to ensure a safe and happy trip for all

Car Travel With Pets

Make sure your buddy is prepared for the trip. Be sure s/he is OK traveling in a car. You may need to take some practice runs, starting with short drives and gradually increasing the time. If necessary, consult with your vet for some medication to help take the edge off the travel and make it easier on your animal buddy. Knowing one of my cats, Billy, hates the very idea of being in a car, when I was preparing to move from Minnesota to Montana, I contacted his vet for medication. The medication, combined with animal communication and healing touch, greatly reduced the stress Billy experienced on the trip. By the end he was a real trooper!

Use a crate or carrier. This helps to give the animals a sense of security. It should be large enough they have room to stand, sit, lie down and move around, and have a blanket in it. The crate should be secured so it will not fall if you need to stop abruptly.

Keep heads inside of the car. If you decide not to use a crate, be sure Rover does not stick his head out of the window. As adorable as it looks to see a dog riding with her/his head hanging out of the window, it can be dangerous. There is risk of head and/or eye injury by flying debris and if they are breathing cold air, they may become sick. Never travel with your dog in the back of a pick up truck.

Front seats are for humans. Even though the front seat places your animal buddy close to you, they can cause a distraction while you are driving, perhaps by trying to crawl on our lap or ‘helping’ you drive. Should an airbag deploy, your animal pal can be seriously injured. quoted Huebner-Davidson AAA National, Traffic Safety Programs manager as saying: “An unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert roughly 300 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of pressure. Imagine the devastation that can cause to your pet and anyone in its path.”

Pack for your animal buddy. This includes:

  • food
  • water
  • bowls
  • medications
  • leashes and equipment
  • grooming tools, if needed
  • kitty litter
  • litter box
  • scoop
  • plastic bags
  • medical records, if needed
  • travel documents
  • blankets
  • toys
  • treats

Rest stops. Be sure to take frequent rest stops, giving your pal a chance for exercise and elimination. Be sure they have proper ID, leash and collar before they leave the car.

That covers quite a bit, doesn’t it? But there’s more….. To find out about legal matters when traveling and different types of travel, click here. If you’re planning on traveling in cold weather, find out more about cold weather travel with pets.

How do you travel with your animal pals? What is the one thing you’ve discovered that really helps your pet travel? Please share, your comment can help others!

Here’s To New Beginnings,


from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator


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