On the Road With Your Pet!
Travel by car is often the mode of transportation chosen
by pet owners, and one that many pets thoroughly enjoy. A
car trip can be fun for both pets and their people, since
it offers them an opportunity to view the scenery, travel
at their own pace, and enjoy rest stops and walks along
For a safe, fun road trip:
- Make sure your pet is fit for traveling. Older
pets in particular, or those who have medical conditions,
should be examined by a vet prior to travel. If your pet
shouldn't travel, or doesn't enjoy it, find a responsible
and trusted kennel or pet-sitter.
- Take frequent rest stops so that you and your
pet can stretch your legs and take a bathroom break. Pets
have been known to escape out the car door, so be sure he
is securely restrained before opening the door.
- Keep your pet in the back seat. It's safer for
both you and him, and will help to prevent him from
distracting the driver or getting in the way in case
the driver needs to perform some emergency maneuvering.
Please don't allow your pet to ride in the open bed of
a pickup truck, even if leashed - many dogs have jumped or
been thrown from the truck and suffered serious injury and
- Consider the use of a restraint such as a
kennel or a pet seat-belt. It will offer extra protection
in case of an accident, as well as prevent nervous or
excitable pets from distracting the driver.
- Don't let your pooch hang his head out the window.
Flying debris can be kicked up from tires or it can fall off
the car or truck in front of you. Any of this may hit your
pet and can cause injury.
- Offer water regularly. Pets can become dehydrated,
just like we can. Keep a supply of cool water and a dish in
the car. You can even freeze small containers of water for
- Keep your pet comfortable. In cold weather, pets
should have adequate warmth at all times and thus should
not be left alone in the car for extended periods. In warm
weather, be aware that even a few minutes in a hot car can
cause serious damage. It can even be fatal! Consider
alternatives such as having a picnic instead of eating
in a restaurant, or take turns staying with your pet if
he cannot accompany you on an activity.
appropriate documentation just in case.
- Make lodging plans in advance. It can be a
challenge to find rentals that will accept your pet,
particularly at the last moment. By booking ahead, you
will ensure that both you and your pet have a safe place
to stay. Click
here for a list of pet-friendly accommodations in Canada.
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