June 8, 2016

Road Trip Tips for You and Your Pet

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June has arrived, which means it’s finally time to break out the sunscreen, beach balls and barbeques—and to start planning that summer vacation! At the ASPCA, we think travel is always more fun when you bring your furry friends along, but we understand that road trips can be a big deal for pets. Fortunately, with the support of our sponsor, Subaru of America, Inc., we are providing these helpful travel tips to keep you and Fido safe on the road this season and all year long:

  • Prep your pet.  Get your pet geared up for a trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. If you’re planning to travel across state lines, bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record. While this generally isn't a problem, some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings.
  •  Ride safely. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.
  • Bring a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, a bowl, a leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, treats and any travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and always opt for bottled water. Drinking water from an area he or she isn’t used to could result in stomach discomfort.

For more information, read our full list of travel safety tips brought to you by Subaru. Happy trails!