A little preparation goes a long way to providing comfort for your dog when you are travelling.
In most states and territories you are not allowed to have a dog on your lap. You cannot drive a motor vehicle with a tray / trailer and place a dog on there that is not secured properly. When travelling, dogs must be provided with adequate ventilation and be appropriately tethered, including if on the back of a ute. Dogs must not be left unattended in the car if there is a possibility of heat stress occurring or in situations of extreme cold.
Here are some of our favourite key tips to help you and your dog to have a safe trip.
- Make sure your dog will have a comfortable and safe space to travel and sleep.
- Vehicle restraints for your dog are of utmost importance, there are a variety of styles available to suit all cars, there are those that clip to your dog's collar or harness and travel crates.
- Be sure your dog is well enough to travel. His health records should be up to date inclusive of worming, vaccinations and flea treatment.
- Be aware of paralysis ticks, and know how preventative measures and treatment. You can talk to your local Just For Pets store for advice.
- Do not ever leave your dog alone in a car, it is very dangerous and can lead to heatstroke and can be fatal.
- Has your furry friend travelled by car before? It is a good idea to get your pet used to the motion of the car before setting off on a journey.
- If you are driving a long distance, know where vets are along the way in case of an emergency.
- Pack plenty of food and water for the trip. Dehydration occurs very easily.
- Toilet breaks! Remember to stop for lots of breaks in a safe area for your dog to have a chance to exercise and relieve himself, do not forget to clip his lead, collar or harness
- It is best to keep your dog on a lead when taking a break, even if your dog is well trained, being in new surroundings can be exciting and overwhelming. Staying in control of your dog will help him to feel secure and avoid any potential accidents from occurring.
- Check with your local council that your pet's microchip contact details are up to date in case Fido or Fluffy wanders off by accident.
- Laws vary from state to state in regards to transporting pets in vehicles; check the states government website for further details to ensure you abide by the law.
Checklist Things you should pack for your dog are:
- Bedding, travel crate to sleep
- Food and food bowl
- Water and water bowl (carrying filtered water will make sure you avoid any bacteria from tap waters in unfamiliar locations)
- Lead, collar, harness
- A towel
- Your dog's favourite toy, this is comforting when journeying away from home
- Plastic bags to scoop poop and dispose
- If your dog requires medication, pack enough for the trip and have a first aid kit at your disposal.