Tips For Traveling With Pets - BY CAR
If your pet is not used to being in the car or if you are planning on driving long distances, it is wise to ACCLIMATE your pet by taking short trips and gradually lengthening them until he/she is comfortable in the car.
Never allow your pets to ride with their heads out the window. They could get hurt by flying debris, or develop lung infections or inner air damage.
Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. On warm days, temperatures can rise quickly, posing a serious threat to your pet, even if the window is left slightly open. Of course, there is also the danger of tempting a pet thief.
Harness, rather than leash your dog inside the car. (Harnesses are available at pet supply stores. Saab cars have them built in). Cats are usually better off in their carriers as they are not as comfortable traveling in cars as dogs are.
Have your dog wear a flat collar with an ID tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary tag with your cell phone number, the number of the place where you are staying, and any other pertinent information. Bring a photograph of your pet. Discuss with your veterinarian having your pet microchipped with important information.
Never let your pet out of the car without a leash. It's safest to use a car harness so that when you open the door, your pet won't dash out.
Be sensitive to high temperatures in the car - when driving for long times in one direction, shifting your pet to the shady side of the seat can make a big difference.
Do allow your pet "pit" stops frequently, and a little exercise is good for all of us.
Do not feed your pet in a moving car. It's best to plan your feeding schedule around your drive time, or plan on stopping to eat. Remember to give your pet plenty of water during your travels.
Don't forget your pet's health certificate and other required documentation as well as any medicine, vitamins or specific food or treats you may need. It's best not to change diet too abruptly so maybe bringing along enough food and water for part of your trip is a good idea.
Bring food and water bowls (portable bowls are very convenient), a scoop or plastic bags, baby wipes and a first aid kit with tweezers. Flashlights are helpful for late night strolls around the grounds. Bring grooming utensils, a favorite toy and bedding material or favorite pillow for a sense of security.
You can find great travel products to make your pet more comfortable in the car. Check our Travel Shop
U.S. INTERSTATE PET TRAVEL REGULATIONS
Before traveling to another state (or another country - see our International Pet Travel Page) with your pet, it is necessary to know what the regulations are concerning importing pets. The U.S. Sate and Territory Animal Import Regulations website that is maintained by the United States Dept. of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service Veterinary Services (USDA, APHIS) is the place to start:
The USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services also has a Voice Response Service - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - which is accessed with a touch tone phone, by calling 800/545-USDA (8732). When you are connected, press 2 for State Regulations.
You will be asked to press two identifying letters for the postal code for the state in which you are requesting regulations.
Have a great trip!
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