Well August is now well under way and our weather is heating up. With the arrival of warm weather and sunny days, no doubt we all want to go on holidays with our pets. Taking them in the car is a great way to travel and so often we are tempted to roll down the windows and let their ears flap in the breeze. However appealing this may seem it is not a very safe practice. Should you have to stop suddenly your pet can be thrown from the vehicle and sustain serious life threatening injuries. They also can become victims of flying debris which can damage eyes or ears. Did you also know it is illegal to have your pet obscuring your view or hindering your driving in any way? Please do not allow your small dog on your lap while you are driving.
Many pet supply stores sell harnesses that can attach to the seatbelts so your four legged friends can buckle up safely like yourselves. This also prevents them from jumping around the car, or become flying obstacles in the case of an accident (causing injury to you or themselves.) Smaller dogs and cats feel safer in a crate when travelling in a moving vehicle. If you are travelling long distances give yourselves and your pets a break every 2-3 hours. It’ll keep you awake and allow them to stretch and potty. (They can also get some of that breeze they may be missing by not allowing their heads out the window.)
Should you be flying with your pets make sure you check with the airlines with respect to flying times. Most airlines will not fly pets if the weather is very hot as it is dangerous for them. You also need to know the regulations regarding crates and medicating pets for flying. Some airlines need the veterinarian’s permission in writing for you to administer any sort of sedating or calming medications prior to flight. There are also many nutraceutical medications available to give pets so we are not sedating them but rather allow natural ingredients to calm them. Heavy sedatives can be dangerous especially to older dogs. Please have your pet examined by your veterinarian prior to any flights to make sure they are healthy enough to make that trip.Also your veterinarian can advise you on the safest medication/ natural supplement to give your pet for travel.
Most hotels have pet friendly rooms but you should make sure you call ahead and book your spot should this be your plan. These rooms are limited and you don’t want to put a damper on your vacation by not having a place to stay. Another tip connects back to our friend the flea. You have no control over other pets that have been in the hotel rooms before you. Protect your friend against fleas so you don’t pick up any unwanted houseguests on your travels.
May your summer travels be enjoyable but PLEASE travel safely for yours and your pets’ sake.