Tips for safe travelling with pets
Follow these practical tips for an easy holiday journey with your pet:
Take your pet for a check-up at the vet to ensure they're up to travelling. Make sure their vaccinations are up to date and get a copy of their medical records to take along.
Start taking your pets on shorter drives a while before the trip so they can get used to being in a car, and gradually increase the length of the drives.
Plan your route so you can make frequent stops for your pets to relieve themselves and stretch their legs.
Pack a bag with all the essentials they'll need on the trip such as warmer clothing if your destination is cold, bedding, toys and more than enough food to last the entire trip. Also pack a kit for the road with a collapsible water bowl, poop bags and scoop, and a leash.
Arrange professional care for your pets on days when you'll be out or attending events at your destination. Never leave your pets unattended in an unfamiliar environment.
Prepare your car with a seat cover and a secure harness or carrier to keep your pets safe.
Don't leave your pets alone in the car, and always have your pets on a leash when walking around outside the car at rest stops.
Stick to the rules and pick up after your pets. Ensure they're trained so that pet-friendly places will keep welcoming you back.
Stick to your pets' normal routine of feeding times and walks to minimise the anxiety of an unfamiliar environment.
Don't feed your pets in the four to six hours before the journey, but make sure to regularly give them small amounts of water to keep them hydrated.