Doggy on Board: Traveling with Pets

Are you one of the millions of Americans that travels with their pets? Whether you’re picking up the kids, headed to a park, or traveling cross-country does your dog or cat have a spot in the car.

Last year AAA did a study with a major hotel chain. The study showed that more than half of the dog and cat owners in the U.S. say they take their pets with them when they travel.

If you’re one of these pet owners you should know some safety tips for traveling with pets, but do you follow them?

Here are some tips for traveling with dogs:

Restrain your dog(s). In several states this is a law (not Iowa), but even where it is not it’s still a good idea for your safety and the safety of your animal. Pet carriers, retrains, and cargo barriers are good ways to keep your dog restrained.

Traveling with pets
A well-placed cargo barrier will keep you and your pups safe.

Don’t ever let your pet sit in the front seat. Air bag deployment could lead to serious injuries or death.

Never leave your pet alone in the car. High and low temperatures can lead to heatstroke or hyperthermia, just like it could with a young child. Additionally, unattended pets can be stolen.

If your dog has anxiety issues and likes to bark or chew, make sure you bring some toys along to help keep them calm. Vehicles like the Chevy Equinox have several cargo hold to keep such things present.

Keep your snacks to yourself. Snacking on the road is fine, but if you want your dog to have that option, bring pet friendly snacks. Many human snacks contain potentially dangerous ingredients for dogs. While not all are fatal it could make your trip one to the vet, instead of that cozy cabin for the weekend.

Traveling with cats:

Use a pet carrier or cargo barrier. Just like dogs, cats pose a high risk of injury to you and themselves when left un-restrained.

Familiarize your car with your cat. Allow your cat to move around a bit in the vehicle before you pack them up and hit the road. Let them rub their check on things and spread a bit of their scent to become more comfortable.

On warm trips consider bringing a bowl of frozen water to let your cat lick to stay cool. This is a lot less messy than water.

We hope these tips help you the next time you back up Rover and Fifi for a family trip. And if you have any question on which vehicles are best for pets stop by and ask anyone at our dealership. They’ll be sure to steer you toward something that fits your needs.