Spend some time getting your dog acclimated to the car before setting off on a long road trip. Start with short trips around the block and make sure there are lots of treats involved!
Buckle up! Invest in a high-quality seatbelt with body harness or keep your pet in a carrier that is secured with a seatbelt. A loose pet in the vehicle can serve as a distraction, or in the case of an accident, be thrown around in (or out of) the vehicle.
Windows Up! It’s cute to see a dog enjoying his ears flapping in the wind of a moving vehicle, but this can be surprisingly dangerous! Not only can your dog fall out, dirt and debris can also fly into the eyes, causing trauma and a subsequent emergency vet visit.
Plan for potty breaks in safe areas, away from traffic
Never, ever leave a pet in a vehicle unattended, even on cool days.
Only chose an airline that has an excellent reputation in safely transporting pets. Your pet should only fly in the cabin, or in a pressurized, climate-controlled area of the plane. Water must also be available during the flight.
Ensure that your pet is acclimated to their carrier several weeks in advance to help reduce anxiety.
Flying may NOT be the best mode of travel for some pets, such as those with:
those that are very young or old,
brachycephalics (smoosh-faced breeds),
respiratory problems, such as tracheal collapse
those that suffer from seizures
Always speak with your vet before deciding to fly with your pet!
BringFido.com has the best and most comprehensive information available on flying with your pet. You can also find reviews from other pet owners about their flying experiences on this site: https://www.bringfido.com/travel/
Consider taking the train! A train may be less stressful and safer than air travel!
Did you know that there are travel agencies that specialize in travel accommodations for pets?
Consider a pet travel specialist to help assist in safe transport of your precious cargo!