Have you ever been in the situation of bringing your pet into your vehicle in which you are preparing to make a journey, only to notice them showing clear discomfort? This is hardly an unusual situation, as ensuring a pet’s comfort during a trip on the road can indeed be challenging.
However, there remain various tips that you can follow to help keep your furry friend’s anguish at bay. Here are some methods that we would especially strongly recommend.
Keep the pet suitably restrained
Naturally, your vehicle should be suitably insured before you head out onto the road with it. Fortunately, obtaining insurance for that vehicle does not have to be tricky; if, for instance, you will be driving a car for business purposes, then you could source that insurance from the broker Call Wiser‘s corporate insurance counterpart, Be Wiser Business Insurance.
However, not keeping your pet secured during a car trip could invalidate your insurance, as the Express warns. Looking after your pet in this way is part of the Highway Code; when you are driving, an unsecured pet could distract you and so put yourself and other people on the road at risk.
Don’t leave your pet on your lap or the other front seat
Leaving the animal in either of these places would be an example of not securing them. Having this kind of lax attitude runs the risk of the pet distracting you when it is necessary to make a crucial decision concerning driving safety.
Such a distraction could arise if the pet notices something outside that they deem interesting. Preventing a dog getting a clear view of what is happening outside can be especially difficult; therefore, either put them behind a guard or appropriately strap them in the back seat.
Should your pet in question be a cat or an animal who is even smaller, then secure them in a carrier.
Don’t allow your pet to stick their head through the window
Your pet might enjoy a draft that it can get from sticking its head out in this manner; however, letting them do this could seriously distract both you and nearby drivers.
The pet’s welfare needs to be considered, too. Their eyes could become seriously damaged through exposure to those winds; those eyes aren’t meant for travelling at 60 miles per hour.
Be careful how you feed the pet before a lengthy journey
If you have a dog, resist feeding them within two hours of taking them on a long journey in the car. Otherwise, that dog could become carsick and so distract you when you are at the wheel.
In fact, whatever kind of pet you have, you shouldn’t feed them right before a road journey of any distance or duration. Also, don’t make a sudden change to their diet before any trip, the Express warns; this kind of switch could upset them and wreak havoc on their stomach.
Keep a large water bottle with you
There’s the possibility of a dog overheating while in a moving vehicle; largely for this reason, it is wise for you to always have, at close hand, a water bottle that is large – to be more exact, capable of holding at least 5 litres of water. That water could be used for quickly cooling the dog in an emergency.
You should also make sure that the water in this bottle is kept fresh, as you could require that liquid for keeping your pet well-hydrated. You also shouldn’t entirely rule out the possibility of yourself needing a refreshing drink from time to time, especially if the journey will last a while.