Most of us, the pet owners, have at some point in our lives been faced with the stressful process of transporting our pet in our car. True, some of the dogs simply love riding in the car, sticking their little heads out and enjoying the wind in their fur. However, more often than not, dogs and other pets have a hard time accepting the confinement in a vibrating metal box (which is probably how they see our car). Taking them for a haircut or to be examined by a vet is often a difficult undertaking - not to mention going to the seaside in their company. Here are a couple of tips which might help you save your nerves and the nerves of your pet.
1) Let your pet get used to the car.
This is something that should be done not immediately before the trip, but as early as your pet is a baby. Let them play around your vehicle (watch out, though, they like to chew on everything) and get to terms with it on their own.
2) Save your seats by buying a pet hammock.
Buying a special seat for your pet might make it happy, but above everything, it will make you happy, because cleaning up after them will become a breeze. There are useful waterproof seat covers available in shops which can also come in handy for this purpose. If you are in a hurry, you can always pay a visit to an online pet shop and make a purchase from your home. While you are there, buy them some treats as well. They will love that.
3) Protect your pets while on the road.
Just like we need to fasten our seat belts, our pets need protection in case something bad happens on the road. There is a number of ways you can do this and the best one is probably to buy a vehicle pet harness or, if your dog is a smaller breed, you can place it in a pet car seat. Whatever you choose, just pay attention not to tie anything to your pet’s neck - doing that might cause injuries to your pet even in smaller incidents. Also, we know we previously mentioned the image of your pet sticking its little head out of the window, but it is probably not necessary to underline how potentially dangerous it can be. Don’t let it do it, no matter how cute it looks.
One more thing - never leave your pet alone in the car. This is dangerous and irresponsible. Take it out with you - it will like a bit of leg stretching.
4) Feed your pet and give it water during the trip, but don’t overdo it.
It is important that your pet is properly hydrated and fed during the trip, but if you give it too much to eat and drink, you risk your pet doing number one and number two inside your car. Plus, you might get an extra throw-up to go with it. Give your pet a bit of water every now and then, as well as a tasty treat, but give it its daily food portion after you finish the trip.