Tips for Taking Pets on Road Trips
Most of the time, your pet will not enjoy being in a car for long periods of time, but they may enjoy it more if you prepare well for it. Read the following article to get some tips on how to get you and your pet ready for a road trip together.
In order to make your pet comfortable being in the backseat of a car for a long time, you should place a blanket on the seat. Your pet will thank you, since it is not very comfortable, particularly when you have leather seats. You should also place one or two of his or her favorite toys on the floorboard of the backseat so your pet have something for entertainment.
Make sure that you have plenty of food and water for him or her to enjoy while you are on your trip. The last thing you want is to have a cranky pet in the backseat of your car. It will be more comforting for him or her if you bring along the dishes that they normally eat out of.
While you might feel the need to drive for long periods of time without stopping, you should still stop frequently to let your pet get a little rest. He or she may need to do some stretching of the legs, have something to eat and/or go to the bathroom. It would be good to stop after every two to three hours of driving to give him or her a break.
Talking to your pet while you are on the way to where you are going is a good idea because it will keep them distracted from the fact that you are on a pretty long trip. You may also want to put your radio on and sing some songs that you know will put him or her in a fairly good mood.
If your pet is not feeling well during the trip, you should lay down an extra blanket or a towel. You do not want him or her to get sick all over the inside of your vehicle. That would make the rest of the ride pretty unpleasant for both of you.
Even if the weather is not the best, you should keep one of the rear windows rolled down a little. This will provide your pet with some fresh air so they do not feel as if they are closed in. Do not put the window down too far because you do not want your pet to stick his or her head too far out of the window.
Make sure to maintain some type of physical contact with your pet. A simple rub or nuzzle will let your pet know that he or she is cared for and loved. Ignoring your pet will only make him or her feel neglected.
It is important that you make your pet feel comfortable on any road trip that you plan on taking them on. That is very easy to do with the help of the tips outlined above.