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Tips on Travelling with Pets

By Fluffy Pets 30 Jun 202011:06

Travelling with pets by transport requires much care and consideration; more so than humans, our pets can easily get carsick, especially considering their anxiety when placed in unfamiliar, moving environments. Here are a few tips that you might want to consider the next time you bring your pet on a car journey across the city. 

1.) Make travelling a fun habit! Start with short journeys, to places that your pet would like to go (e.g. dog parks, dog cafes, a familiar friend’s apartment); this will help your pet get used to the motion of travelling by transport, as well as provide an incentive for them to venture out. For long journeys, definitely take regular stops for your pets to get some fresh air. Time inside the car can also be a good opportunity for bonding, so pay more attention to your dog’s needs during the journey (as long as you’re not the one driving!)

2.) Create a comfortable environment inside your car for your pet! While this varies between each type of animal and different climates, a general rule of thumb would be to lower your windows for fresh air, and to keep the temperature inside your car cool. Furthermore, if you’re planning to change cars, try adjusting its interior design to look similar to your previous vehicle’s, so that your pet would find it easier to readjust to such a new, yet somewhat familiar environment.

3.) Limit your pet’s food and water consumption a few hours before the trip! Pets may already feel nauseated after eating and drinking in general, so this will definitely help limit their motion sickness. This can also make for some appetite after the trip is over, as you can use treats as positive reinforcement. 

4.) Make sure you are well supplied for the journey! All pets should be suitably restrained, to keep them physically safe on a moving vehicle. For smaller animals, travel cages or carriers would be a good idea, placed in the boot or secured on the rear passenger seats with seatbelt. For larger animals, harnesses and pet seat belts, clipped onto belt fixtures, can do the trick. Also, make sure you always have an animal first aid kit, litter box and plenty of water in your car.

5.) Consider using pheromone calming sprays for your pet, as they also help reduce general stress, separation anxiety and noise phobias. If you have any further concerns, please contact your local vet or animal hospital (feel free to visit our website directory for more details!)

Information from: Pochitama, American Kennel Club, the Spruce Pets, GoCompare and PetFirst

Photo from: Admiral

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