How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Comfortable During Road Trips {guest post}

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Leaving beloved pets at home during a vacation is heartbreaking, but sometimes that seems like the only viable option. However, with a little planning and a pet friendly motel to stay in, you can transport your pet in a way that’s safe and comfortable for everyone in the car, your pet included.

Will Your Pet be Comfortable?

Pets are just like people; not all of them fare well in tight spaces for long periods of time. If you have ever taken your dog on a car ride, and he’s exhibited signs of stress, then taking him on a long road trip is probably a bad idea. The same is true if he gets sick easily; pets can become motion sick, and they’re more prone to it as they get older.

Keeping Your Pet Safe

Regardless of the kind of pets you have, you can’t let them roam the interior of your vehicle without any kind of restraints. They might run off when the doors open, and they could become a liability if they obscure the driver’s vision or step on his arm or lap at the wrong time. Pets that aren’t restrained also face the biggest risk of inure if anything should happen, and it’s your responsibility to make sure that they have a high chance of staying safe in the event of an accident.

The most important investment that you can make is a harness or cage that will keep your pet out of harm’s way while preventing them from causing trouble for the driver. A harnessprovides a good compromise between freedom and safety, and it lets your dog move around without allowing it to encroach on other passenger’s space.

If you have a slightly larger vehicle and you can spare some room in the back, a pet barrier combined with a harness would be the optimal solution. Of course, no matter how well you plan, you may run into a situation where you can’t stop in time for your pet to relieve themselves, and that’s why investing in a linerfor the section of the vehicle your pet will occupy is a must for anyone that travels a lot.

There’s always the option of putting your pet into a cage, but keep in mind that it’s going to be much more cramped for larger animals, and they will need to be let out for exercise more often than one that’s allowed to move a little while strapped into a harness. Also keep in mind that strapping the cage into one spot on the floor and adding a harness and some cushions would be a good idea if you want to ensure your pet is as safe as possible.

Creature Comforts

Beyond safety, there are a number of items that can make your road trip more pleasant. A water bottle that’s designed for travel will take a lot of the hassle out of keeping your pet hydrated. Training your dog to sleep on a cotcan make sharing the same sleeping space much easier to manage. If you want to treat your pet like royalty or you want to bring a cat, a pet stroller is an excellent investment.

If you’re going to be near water for any length of time, it’s a good idea to make sure that your pet has a life jacket. If you have a smaller dog, it may enjoy having its own booster seat and harness so that it can be near you and and see out the windows.

Regardless of your needs, you can make travel safe, comfortable, and convenient for however long you intend to be on the road. It will require a bit of an investment, but if the alternative is not seeing your pets for a month or more, it’s money well spent.

Dustin Drye is the proud owner of two cocker spaniels who he likes to take on road trips. Dustin writes for www.carinsurance.org.uk, where you can prepare for your next trip by finding information on affordable car insurance.

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