In this millennium, road trips aren’t limited to human company; it’s more than okay to bring your furry counterparts along. But before you start opening a separate tab on “places to go + dogs/cats”, stop and take a few pointers from us.
Keep in mind that not all pets are suited for travel. Travelling with a pet involves much more than just loading them, into the back seat and cruising away. It is important to consider your pet’s temperament, health, and physical impairments (if any). If you’re unsure whether or not your pet’s suited for travel, we suggest that you consult your regular vet before proceeding any further.
To help with your list of to-dos, we’ve concluded a set of tips to help you prepare for a smooth (and most importantly safe) trip, because we care:
1. Always ensure that your pet is safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Be it from your nearby store or the invaluable and esteemed Internet, there are plenty of wire mesh, hard plastic or soft-sided carriers available for purchase. In whichever colour you choose it to be, make sure that it’s large enough for your pet to sit, stand, lie down and turn around in. Just an obvious side note, we recommend that you let your pet be used to its carrier at home before you go on your much awaited trip.
2. Accustom your fur kids for their trip by bringing them on a series of short drives and deliberately lengthening the time spent in the car. Also, lest you forget, please secure the crate so that it doesn’t slide or shift in the event of any sudden swerves or brakes.
3. Stop what you’re doing and read this with absolute focus. Never, ever, ever, ever, leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a parked car can turn into — not literally — a furnace in almost an instant and heatstroke can occur. If you’re in a cold climate, your automobile can turn into (again, not literally) a refrigerator, holding in the cold and leading your pets to freeze! So please, your pets are secretly as needy as you, so bring them along even on short trips to the store.
4. Have you decided on what to pack for your pet travelling kit? Remember to include your pet passport (recent photos, proof of vaccinations furnished with their adorable paw-prints), travel papers, sufficient food, a bowl to feed from, a waste scoop, plastic bags, their favourite toy (they don’t have a phone to entertain them the whole time then do they?) and most importantly, a pet first-aid kit which includes your pet’s medication. Oh, and, some extra leashes won’t hurt.
5. Have your pet microchipped or responsibly accessorised with a collar that has a tag stating your home address, phone number or any other relevant contact information imprinted should you *crosses fingers* lose your pet.
6. As the saying goes, “Water is good, water is life.” Literally. Bring plenty of water to keep your pet, and yourself, hydrated throughout your adventure!