Most dogs absolutely love to ride in the car. In the old days, your dog would just jump in and sit anywhere they wanted to. But we know better now, and we want to protect our pets the same way we protect our kids in the car. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to do this.
If you’re heading out on a long road trip with the family dog, here are a few tips for making sure you’re both comfortable and safe.
Use a Pet Passenger Restraint System (PPRS)
The local pet store likely has a whole range of canine safety equipment that has been tested and approved for canine car safety. There are essentially two types. Safety carriers secure your dog in his own compartment and safety harnesses attach to existing seat-belt systems to restrict him from moving around the vehicle or being thrown when you brake.
Water and Food
Always pack lots of extra water and a bowl. There are collapsible bowls that pack easily, bowls with lids and even disposable pet bowls. Be sure to bring an extra container, like a gallon jug, of water, especially in summer (this goes for humans too!). Be sure you have enough food for your road trip, so you don’t surprise your dog with a new food on the road that they may not eat.
You never know what may happen, so an extra leash and collar is always a good thing to pack. If you are going to be in cold weather, pack a dog sweater or booties if your pet wears them.
Feeding Your Dog on the Road
Eating on the road can be tricky for a pet. Some pets get thrown off by new environments and may not eat as they normally do at home. Don’t worry if your dog misses a meal a two. Hunger will eventually get the best of him. Also, some dogs are prone to car sickness. It’s best to try to give an hour between meals and getting into the car. If car sickness is a real problem, your vet can provide medicine for your dog’s stomach.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
If this will be your first road trip, you might want to do a test run. A short day trip might be a good way to make sure your dog likes his restraint system and that it fits well. Also, you can get him used to strange feeding and watering bowls and also find out if he gets car sick.
And while you now know how to keep your dog safe on your road trip, don’t forget to protect yourself and your car with the right insurance. InsuranceWins can get you quotes for auto insurance quick and easy with our short form and instant results. Make sure your protected and enjoy your road trip with man’s best friend.