Vet Tips
January 2, 2023

Traveling With Your Pets

January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day! Learn tips on how to keep your pets safe while traveling!

Two small dogs on a car safe dog bed in the back seat of a car

January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day! We always want our pets to be safe and comfortable, and it is no different when they are traveling with us. For some dogs and even some cats, car rides are a blast! For others, it can be a totally different experience that isn’t so enjoyable. As pet parents, it is important to have a plan when traveling with our furry friends. 

Safety tips: 

Keep small dogs and cats in their carriers while traveling. Use a hard, sturdy carrier with plenty of space to move around. Make sure the carrier has plenty of ventilation for air flow.

If your pet just won't tolerate a crate, consider purchasing a special seat belt or safety harness.

Never leave an pet unattended in a vehicle. If traveling a long distance, be sure to stop for bathroom breaks, and give them a chance to drink some cool water.

Keep a pet first aid kit in the car - add things like bandages, tick removers, bottled water, and portable food dishes

Keeping comfortable:

Throw a blanket or bed in the seat where your dog will be riding so they can rest comfortably

Get a toy, such as a Kong for your dog before the trip. Fill it with a treat to keep them occupied for a while. A good trick is to fill it with peanut butter and put it in the freezer the night before so it keeps them occupied for longer!

Consider Supplements or Medications

If your pet gets car sick, talk to your veterinarian about anti nausea medications, such as Cerenia. Make sure your reach out with enough time to be able to pick up and try any medications before leaving on your trip.

If your dog gets anxiety while on car rides, talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of using a mild sedative to help reduce anxiety. They help promote relaxation and sleep. Make sure to get enough doses for the car ride to and from your destination. Get one extra dose of medications so you can go for a test ride before the big trip to ensure the medication is going to help.

You can also try things like Thundershirts or Adaptil to help calm them during your trip.