Welcome back to your weekly source for all things automotive.
Now that you’ve learned what our summer emergency kit should contain, let’s go over a few simple tips to keep your four-legged friend safe and happy during a summer road trip.
For many of us a family road trip also includes our pets, but travelling with your cat or dog requires more than just tossing them in the back seat – especially if you’ll be travelling long distances. However, with some thoughtful preparation we can make our road trip more fun for everyone.
Crate Your Pets
What’s the first thing you do when you get into your vehicle? For most people, it’s putting on our seatbelts. The same should go for our pets; but since Cindy Claw-ford won’t fit in a seatbelt, that means putting her in a crate.
Many people feel guilty about crating their animals on a trip, but it’s for their own safety. Just make sure the crate is well-ventilated and large enough for them to stand, lie down, and turn around in. You should also ensure that the crate won’t shift during sudden maneuvers.
Food and Water Beforehand
While we all know to let our furry friends take a bathroom break before getting them in the car, what about food and water? While putting out a snack for our pets may seem like a good idea, especially on long trips, this will often lead to car-sickness – and that won’t make anyone happy. Instead, try feeding your pets a light meal three to four hours beforehand.
Also, it’s smart to bring your own bottled water or tap water. While letting Snarls Barkley drink from a nearby lake or river along your travels may seem like the simpler option, this can often lead to ‘accidents’ further down the road.
You wouldn’t leave on a summer road trip without packing a few things first, and the same should go for your pet. First, ensure that your pet has a microchip or tag with some identifying information on it. That way in the unlikely event that Joan Slithers pulls a disappearing act, she can be returned safely to you.
You should also pack all the day-to-day necessities for your pet, such as food, bowl, leash, waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, and any medication. It’s also a good idea to pack their favorite toy or pillow so give them a calming sense of familiarity.
Never Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car
This tip simply cannot be overstated. You should never leave your animal in a hot car for any length of time – even ‘just for a minute’. Regardless of if your vehicle is hidden in the shade with the windows rolled down, a parked automobile can become a furnace within minutes. Even leaving your furry friends water to drink won’t help because animals can’t expel heat as effectively as humans, leaving them at much higher risk for heatstroke.
So avoid the potentially tragic consequences and don’t leave your pet in your vehicle unattended. Instead take them with you. After all, that’s the whole reason you brought them along on your road trip in the first place!
Got any other tips or tricks for keeping your furry friends happy? Share them in our comments section below!