We are not addressing travelling by air as you will have to seek specialised advice from your Veterinarian, the State Veterinarian in your area and the airlines as to requirements.
𝗔𝗟𝗪𝗔𝗬𝗦 𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗢 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗩𝗘𝗧
There are cats and dogs which do travel well in cars, but for those who don’t our shops do supply calming products.
𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹
Always carry a First Aid Kit for animals.
Check that vaccinations are up-to-date and consider a rabies vaccination even if not required.
Ensure that your pet has a collar and ID tag AND is microchipped and that the details are up-to-date.
Carry a notice in your purse/wallet and also stuck to a window of the vehicle in which you are travelling advising that there are pets with you, how many and type.
On your cellphone/s have the same information plus their descriptions and contact details of someone you can trust as well as your vet; store this in contacts as ICE – PETS IN VEHICLE.
Ensure that pet carriers are secured as well as closed properly.
The safest place in the car for the pet carrier is the back seat or on the floor behind the front passenger seat.
Ensure that your pets have pet safety harnesses and that they are secured.
Letting your dog or even your cat travel with their heads out the window puts them at high risk of being injured by a stone being flicked up by another vehicle. Even collision with an insect can cause injury.
Never put an animal in the back of an open vehicle when travelling even though this brings endless joy to many dogs; it can also bring tragedy. (This also applies to birds and other caged pets.)
Bedding; Bowl food; Bowl water; Water; Car seat cover; Health records; Leash; Litter box and litter (for cats); Medication (if any); Old towel; Pet-friendly insect repellent; Poo bags; Toys; Treats; Wet wipes.
Plan trips and pit stops to accommodate your pets and try to ensure that they have their meals at the normal time.
Take into account that you must not leave your pets in vehicles which can and do turn into ovens very quickly even in the shade.
Attend to your pet’s needs before yours at pit stops.
Keep the vehicle cool and use your aircon at moderate temperature.
Keep windows closed at all times.
Pet carrier must be roomy.
Ensure that pets have been taught not to run around the vehicle particularly around the driver and foot pedals.
Before opening a door keep your eyes on your pets and ensure that he/she does not try to dive out.
Only allow pets out of the vehicle under your control on the lead and harness.
𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀
A month before your journey, place the open carrier near your pet’s favourite sleeping spot and put a cosy blanket and even one of your old T-shirts inside (cats are scent orientated) and feed treats in the pet carrier. Catnip can distract and help a cat relax.
As most car seats slope backward create a level surface for the pet carrier to rest on, roll up a towel and place it under the back edge of the carrier.
Don’t use scented air fresheners in the car as this will overpower an animal’s sensitive nose.
Drive smoothly, no sudden breaking (unless unavoidable) or sharp high speed turns.
Play calm music to help your pets relax.
This article is produced by SAVetshops, in the interest of informing people and sharing information. It is not considered a reference article or a definitive medical reference. Source references are listed below and any person wishing to know more should consult these references, their local vet, state health service or doctor.