More and more people are traveling with pets these days. From errands to vacations, there are a few steps to make sure your fuzzy companion is as safe as possible on every outing. Experts believe the best way for your dog to travel is in a certified, crash-tested crate. If a crate won’t fit in your vehicle, or isn’t an option, the next best restraint is a harness or dog- seat belt. Be sure it fits snugly, while allowing your pet to comfortably sit or lay down. Once your pet is properly restrained, here are a few other tips to make the trip more comfortable and stress-free:
• A new toy for the trip will be exciting as well as distracting
• If time allows, exercise your dog before getting in the car
• Stop every few hours to allow your dog to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs
Lastly, for the safety of your pet, be sure to have up-to-date vaccination and medical records with you, as well as a recent photo. And never, ever leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle especially on hot days like today. Happy trails!