Travelling with Pets

We understand that sometimes you and your 'best friend' are inseparable! A trip with your pet can be rewarding but equally challenging if you don't plan ahead.

If you're planning a road trip, ensure that your pet is comfortable and used to the speed and sound of other vehicles as these can be daunting. At all times your pet's comfort should be observed when making travel arrangements.

Tips for keeping your pets safe on the road
  • Ensure pets have food and water available at regular intervals. Invest in a portable, collapsible dish made from tough nylon.
  • Remember to take your pet's supply of food with as you may not be staying near a pet store or shop that stocks its favourite brand.
  • Plan your route and make regular pit stops to ensure that pets get adequate exercise. Ensure to always keep pets on a leash when entering or exiting the car so that they don't bolt into oncoming traffic.
  • Ensure good oxygen flow (without sticking their heads out of the window). Car window vents fit into the window groove and can be adjusted to your needs.
  • Invest in a carrier box or other restraining device. If a carrier box is used it should be well ventilated and lined with a blanket or other suitable covering so that the pet can grip the floor or the container and feel comforted. A blanket, straw or other bedding that has a familiar smell is suitable.
  • The durable Four Paws Safety Sitter is fastened around your dog's chest and under its front legs. It then attaches to the car seat belt. Car Safety Nets are fitted to windows and prevent dogs or cats from climbing into the front while you're driving.
  • Never leave a pet alone in the car; this could cause stress, affect the health of the pet and they could possibly damage the interior of your vehicle.
  • Keep in mind the volume of your music; whilst you may enjoy the music pets' hearing are far more sensitive and could find it distressing.
  • Most of our pets have tags but does it help if the address is 500km away. Ensure that you have a mobile phone number on the tag or add an additional 'I'm on my holiday' with two mobile numbers to ensure a speedy return.
  • Don't scold an animal for being sick. The best is to ensure that the car has suitable coverings that can be removed and washed. It's advisable to keep wet wipes and paper towels handy.
  • Be prepared for injury or illness. Enquire at your local vet for a first aid kit that provides solutions for small injuries. Don't attempt to give your pet drugs that are manufactured for humans. Consult your vet for any medication required, including car sickness tablets and mild sedatives, if necessary.
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