Watch Tip: Road trips with pets

Posted on August 28th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Vehicle travelers with pets planning a Labor Day trip—get prepared. Crates or safety seats for pets reduce opportunities for trouble. Remember, keep heads inside those windows! Drivers, keep pets off your lap. Pickup drivers, don’t let them ride loose in the bed. These are all risky behaviors. Nervous, excited pets can quickly get loose, lost or hit by traffic. (Can you afford a big vet bill?)

Plan ahead and prepare for pets traveling with you in your vehicle on a holiday weekend

The highways will be busy, other drivers may be preoccupied, and you might encounter traffic jams or slowdowns. You might even become involved in an accident. Will your pets be safe and comfortable, protected from any unexpected events? While most will make elaborate preparations for travel with children, pets are sometimes just assumed to be immune from trouble. A tragedy could result. Here’s a quick list of travel needs:

  • Acquire a crate or travel harness for each pet
  • Bring pet food with you, and water if your pet is picky about drinking unfamiliar water (don’t forget medicines if needed)
  • Leashes, collars, and tie-outs
  • Toys and treats
  • Bucket with big bottle of water, spray cleaner, garbage bags, and towels (your pet might get carsick; you never know!)
  • Pet info: your vet’s phone number, photo and description sheet copies (in case your pet escapes and runs off), medication list if needed
  • Cleaning wipes are handy, too

If you are not traveling with your pets during the upcoming holiday weekend, please watch and listen for stray, frightened animals in your neighborhood. Take action to help them immediately. Alert all the neighbors and homes at nearby key intersections. If you alert the authorities and they pick up the stray animal, please be aware that in many municipalities these poor lost creatures are euthanized in 3 to 5 days (depending on regulations). Can you seek out a home and family to take the pet?

Thank you for all you do to help animals in need! The world needs more like you!

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