The holiday season is almost upon us, and, just like the retail stores preparing for Black Friday, it’s time for you to prepare for your holiday road trips. Whether you are going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house or merely down the street, you don’t want to leave your beloved pets behind. To make sure your road trip this year is comfortable for both you and Fido, follow these tips on traveling with pets and stay safe this holiday season!
Take your pet on practice runs. Before you leave for your six-hour trip to your Auntie Sue’s, make sure your dog or cat is used to being in the car. Short practice runs completed before leaving for your holiday vacation are a great way to ensure that your pet is comfortable with being in the car for long periods of time.
Use a crash-tested pet carrier. A dog or cat roaming free in your car while you are driving is just an accident waiting to happen. To keep both you and your pet safe on your road trip, make sure you put Garfield and Odie into crash-tested pet carriers or seat restraints. This will eliminate the distraction of a loose animal, while also ensuring your pets’ safety if an accident were to occur.
Stop for frequent bathroom breaks. Just like humans, pets can’t handle long car rides without frequent breaks. Stop frequently for bathroom breaks and to allow your animal to stretch its legs before continuing on your journey. Every two to three hours should be perfect.
Don’t leave your pet by itself in your car. Whether it’s freezing cold or scorching hot, you should never leave an animal in your car by itself. There are a multitude of things that can go wrong, concluding in your pet’s injury or death. Be sure to find pet-friendly accommodations and restaurants along your route so your pet can stay with you when you stop overnight.
Follow our tips regarding traveling with pets, and you are guaranteed a great holiday season. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your pets this holiday season, besides taking a road trip, you can enter our Pet Halloween Costume Contest! At Blackburn Nissan you have the opportunity to win a $50 Visa gift card!