Safe Travel Tips For Your Pet
Australia has some of the best outdoor places to visit – there’s just so much to see and do! And with many Aussies sharing their hearts and homes with a furry companion, it’s no wonder that Aussies choose to take their pets with them on holidays.
For some pet parents, a trip’s no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come. But travelling can be highly stressful, both for you and your animal companions. With thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone. Here are our top tips to help you keep your pet safe on your next road trip.
Pack a pet travel kit
Prepare a pet travel kit before you leave. A good pet travel kit should include food, clean water, bowls, a leash, poop-bags, a waste scoop, grooming supplies, a favourite toy and medication if needed. It is also a good idea to make sure your pets identification details are up to date before you leave. This will include making sure your pets microchip details are current, and putting a tag on their collar with your contact details in case they get lost.
It is a good idea to check your pet is up to date on their vaccinations, worming, flea and tick protection before travelling. This will help your pet to stay happy and healthy on their holiday.
Get details of the local veterinary hospital at your destination prior to leaving home.
Keep your pet safe with a well-fitted and secure restraint.
In a survey conducted by NRMA Insurance on 450 dog owners in New South Wales, results showed that more than 40% of pet owners said that they didn’t restrain their dogs while in the car. From this group, 70% placed their canine companion on the back seat, 15% in the luggage area and 4% on their lap!
There are many different types of restraints available such as specifically designed car harnesses and crates. If you choose to use a crate, ensure it is well-ventilated and secured in your car to prevent sliding. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. If you choose to use a harness, ensure it is the correct size for your pet and that it is fitted securely to a seat belt. A good quality, manufactured to meet Australian safety standards, harness should be used. Never let your pet ride in the car with their head outside the window! Read the hefty fines owners can receive if caught driving with pets on lap here.
Food, water, and those pee-breaks!
If your pet suffers from anxiety, motion sickness, or just doesn’t travel well, speak to your vet about suitable treatment options for your pet. To avoid those tummy upsets, we recommend feeding your pet a light meal no earlier than three to four hours before departure. Make sure your pet has plenty of clean drinking water available – and it is best to pack your own. Don’t forget to Stop. Survive. Revive for those oh so important pee-breaks for both you and your pet!
Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car. Temperatures can rise quickly, causing dangerous heat stress to your pet.