Travelling with dogs safely, checklist

It’s that time of year again, the beach is calling, the parks and lakes are just a stone’s throw away.

Now is the time to start thinking about travelling with your dog safely.

You’ve checked the weather, you’ve packed the picnic, now it’s time to load the dog into the car and off you go.

But there’s some important things to remember first;

  • Make sure you leave at least 2 hours after your dog has eaten before travelling, this will help reduce any car sickness
  • If your dog is a bit sicky in the car, try not feeding them anything too big before you leave, maybe just a light breakfast
  • Another good tip for dogs that suffer from travel sickness is putting them on the middle seat away from the window.
  • Make sure it’s not too hot in the car for your dog too, remember you might be wearing your loveliest summer top, but they essentially have their winter coat on. If you think you may be chilly with the air conditioning on, think about a light jacket for the journey.
  • Heads out of windows is a big no no. Whilst it looks cute to see a dog’s ears flapping in the wind and a grin on his face. It’s actually pretty risky for their eyes and ears. Bugs, dust, dirt and any other manner of little nasties can be in the air and find their way into your dog’s eyes and ears. The last thing you want when you arrive at your destination is to have to find a vet.

Travelling the Safest Way

Here’s some important things to remember on travelling safely with your dog

  • Big dogs are better in the boot compartment of your vehicle, extra large and giant breeds won’t have enough space on the back seat to sit down or lie down. This is really important if your journey is going to be a few hours or more.
  • Always use a crash-tested dog guard and tailgate when you have a dog in the boot compartment
  • Small to medium size breeds can sit on the back seat as long as they have a crash-tested harness that you are 100% sure they will not be able to get out of. Once you’re on the motorway it’s very risky to stop
  • You may wish to use a crash-tested crate to transport your dog, make sure there is plenty of ventilation for them as well as enough space for the dog/s to move around sit up or lay down. This is especially important if you have more than one dog in the crate

Some other things to consider;

  • Do you have breakdown cover that will also take your dog if your car cannot be started?
  • Have you planned stops on the route for comfort breaks? And who is staying with the dogs? With dog thefts on the rise, you can’t be too careful
  • Have you packed the dog bowl, water and any food for the dog if you are going to be out all day?
  • Do you have a doggy first aid kit in the car should anything happen on your day out?
  • If it’s an incredibly hot day outside you may wish to provide your dog with a cool matt.

At Pets 2 Places our experts in our field so we carry a lot of equipment on board as standard.

Our pet taxi’s transport people and pets daily, in all sorts of weather to all sorts of places so we know how important it is to have dogs travel safely and securely but also with their comfort in mind.

Pet safety is our main priority, which is why we have created a day just for pet travel safety, join us next month when we celebrate Pet Travel Safety Day. Pop over to our website to find out more and how you can get involved.

Happy doggy travelling

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