TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Memorial Day symbolizes the start of summer for you and your pet. Before you start planning trips to the beach and summer getaways, keep in mind it’s important to plan ahead for pet travel. Keep the best interests of your furry, four-legged friends in mind.
Here are the top tips to ensure your Memorial Day getaway with your pet is a safe one.
No heads out the window: It’s not safe. Your pet can easily be injured by flying debris. Never travel with a pet in the back of a pickup truck. Some states have laws restricting such transport and it is always dangerous.
Frequent pit stops: Always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. Most travel service areas have designated areas for walking your pet. Be sure to stay in this area particularly when you pet needs a potty break and bring along a bag to pick up after your pet. Make sure your pet is always on a leash and wearing a collar with a permanent and temporary travel identification tag.
Proper hydration: During your pit stops be sure to provide your pet with fresh water to wet their whistle. Occasionally traveling can upset your pet’s stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water.
Watch the food intake: Keep feeding to a minimum during travel. Be sure to feed them their regular pet food and resist the temptation to give them some of your fast food burger or fries (that never has a good ending!).
Don’t leave them alone: Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle can rise to 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows slightly open. In addition, an animal left alone in a vehicle is an open invitation to pet thieves.
Practice restraint: Be sure your pet is safely restrained in your vehicle. Utilizing a pet safety harness, travel kennel, vehicle pet barrier, or pet car seat are the best ways to keep your pet safe. No matter what method you choose, back seat travel is always safer for your pet.
Safe and comfortable: Be sure to make their comfort a priority. Typically their favorite blanket or travel bed will do the trick. There are also some safe and very cozy pet car seats available that your pet may find quite comfy.
Careful preparation is the key to ensuring that you and your pet have a happy and safe trip.
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