When you’ll be away from home for a while, chances are you’re looking to take your pet with you. That can be easier said than done for many critters, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience traveling with your favorite furball yet.
Tips for traveling safely with pets
When traveling with pets, just like when traveling with kids, planning is key. Knowing what keeps your pet calm and content (or sleeping if possible) will make traveling a lot easier. Take a look at this list to help get that travel plan ready and get all passengers, whether two or four-legged, to the destination safely.
- Security: Your pet either needs a seat belt or to be in a crate that’s secured. While it might be more fun to have them up front with you, it would be terrible for them to be hurt in an accident. Safer is better in this situation.
- Calm: Is there something that keeps your dog calm during thunderstorms? Does your cat have a toy it likes to sleep with? Plan ahead to have these things on hand in case your pet gets stressed out during your drive.
- Exercise: Before you get going—and at regular intervals if you’re on the road for a long time—remember to get out and stretch all the legs in the car. Taking a ten or fifteen minute break at a rest stop to play catch or let your cat chase a laser will help everyone in the car be happier.
Once you’ve got your plan set to go (and have some emergency cleaning equipment just in case), go ahead and hit the road. If you’re in the market for a more pet-friendly car, come see us at Lexington Toyota. We’re here to show you our new and used inventories so your time on the road is the best part of your day.