Dog in the car: 5 tips for comfortable travel

Vacation time is here, and if you're traveling by car, make sure you have a snack, plenty of water, and possibly entertainment for moments of boredom on the road (if you're not driving). Have you forgotten the same for your dog? Driving a car can be stressful for many of them, but if you are well prepared, you can enjoy long-distance trips together.

1. Box or seat belt
The safest way to transport a dog in a car is to place it in a cage. If you don't have that option, buy him safety belts designed specifically for dogs. Be careful, never tie him by the collar, always use a harness that, in the event of an impact, even if only during hard braking, spreads and does not jerk the dog's neck. A dog, whose movement around the car is not restricted in any way, can be thrown from the seat or injured by the airbag in an accident, so approach its security in the same way as e.g. when strapping children into car seats.

2. Fear of driving in a car
Many dog ​​owners cannot imagine a vacation without their pet, so they take it with them even hundreds of kilometers away. There are guys who enjoy driving, but you may know the opposite. The dog feels sick while driving, it is difficult to get him into the car, he is under stress. In this case, it is worth considering whether the pet would be better at home in its own comfort. However, if travel by car is necessary, discuss with the veterinarian the possibility of sedative drugs or preparations for nausea.

3. Travel necessities
Just as you pack all the necessary things for your car, pack them for your dog as well. You should not forget water, a bowl, or treats or a toy. During long journeys with the dog, regular stops are important and e.g. a fetch toy can help the dog stretch properly. Of course, don't forget enough food, a leash, excrement bags, bedding or a blanket and any medications. Make sure the dog does not have access to his food in the car. The last thing you want to deal with on your long-awaited vacation is an overfed dog and where to find his brand of kibble.

4. Check marks and microchip
Before you go on holiday, check that the dog has a tag and a microchip with your current information. Finally, think about this every time you change your home address or phone number. It happens that a dog is found that has a tag and/or a microchip, but no one can be reached at the given contact. As part of the inspection, also check whether the dog has all valid vaccinations. Especially if you are traveling abroad, don't forget his passport and vaccination card with proof of rabies vaccination.

5. Regular stops
You certainly can't wait to be at the finish line. But take into account that a several-hour car ride may not be comfortable for the dog. Therefore, plan regular stops when he can drink, stretch and go outside. Abroad, you can even come across a dog playground right next to gas stations. In the event that the dog becomes sick in the car, consider serving food.

Traveling with a pet can be fun, as long as everything is sufficiently planned and prepared. We wish you a happy journey!

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