5 things to keep in mind when making a road trip with an older pet

It can be challenging to travel by car with your furry best friend. Many dogs enjoy a pleasant car ride, but things can get challenging when it lasts for several hours or even days. It’s typically even more difficult with older dogs because they frequently have medical concerns and other needs that more miniature puppies do not.

The specific requirements that come with your dog’s advanced age must therefore be considered in addition to the preparations you would typically undertake when travelling for a lengthy vehicle ride with any dog. We all adore our senior dogs, so we would do anything to make their trip more bearable.

1.  Keep them restrained during the ride: If your dog is running about the car while driving, neither you nor the other passengers are safe. Your dog could divert your attention if they become frightened or enthusiastic while you are going. Airbags are fantastic for you, but if you have an accident when your pet is in the front seat, they could be fatal. Pets should therefore ride in the back seat. Your pet should be transported in a carrier secured to the seat using a seatbelt or another anchor for maximum safety. Make sure your dog can stand up, turn around, and lay down in the carrier. Although they have not been demonstrated to protect animals in auto accidents, you can also use a pet seatbelt.

2.  Pack them a travel kit: Include all relevant medical information about your pet, including documentation of any recent vaccinations. Bring bowls, regular food, water, and prescriptions for your pets. Include the tools you will need to clean up after your pet, such as a scoop and trash bags. Pack a few toys for your pet, including some new ones for novelty and a few of their old favourites, to keep them happy and entertained during the journey. Do not neglect a pet first-aid kit.

3. Don’t let them put their head outside the window: There’s no doubt that some dogs enjoy this, and it’s adorable to see. However, if there is a collision, you suddenly have to slam on the brakes or make a turn; your pet could be thrown out the window or hit by flying debris.

4. Prepare your car for your dog: Numerous floor mats and car seats are available to safeguard your vehicle and give your dog added comfort. If you frequently take your dogs on trips, you might wish to make some of these purchases.

5. Please give them a light meal before the trip: Give your pet a little food three to four hours before you depart. Always make a pit stop to feed your dog while you’re driving. Never provide them while driving. This might prevent vehicle sickness in animals. We hope you found these five tips helpful and will use them when you travel with your furry friend the next time. Aren’t you