What if your pets can tweet their complaints away when traveling with you? Most choose to bring their pets along with them. This gives them a light-hearted feeling that is enough to make them withstand the irritating traffics and body-numbing long trips. In as much as you are all prepped up for road adventure, you might be overlooking some pointers to consider when tagging your Garfield or Fido with you. I want to know what they can possibly be tweeting about me for being such a pain-in-the-neck jerk just because of the hassles I have caused them! I think, you do too!
Oh no! Your car is making me sick, man!
Is this your pet’s first time to ride a car? If it is, make sure you get him accustomed to it first. You don’t want to be startled when they instinctively bite or scratch you because you stepped on the brakes, right? Do yourself a favor by ensuring that they are properly-vaccinated as well. Check their reactions while driving your sedan. Some might drool non-stop because they feel nauseous and might throw up any time.
Really? She forgot about my kit!
If you care enough to bring your toiletries with you, I hope you do not exclude that of your pet unless you are ready to scoop his poops from your car rug. Keep a full gear of his pooper scooper, waste bags, extra leash, portable water bowls and bottled water. Most importantly, bring his small first-aid kit and extra leash. If something unexpected happened, at least you have enough stuff with you that you can count on.
So you think you can GPS me, huh?
Have you attached an identification tag to your pet just in case he runs away to explore the unfamiliar terrain you visited? You don’t want to be mortified by knocking every house just to ask where your pet has gone to, right? The tag must have salient information such as your pet’s name, your name, address and contact details. However, it is even wiser to keep your pet strapped. No matter how complete these data-tags plunging their necklines are, if the finder felt so endeared by the charm of your Fido – you will never get to see him again. Also, please microchip your pets!
No squeakies! You gotta be kidding me!
A dreadful long trip can make Fido anxious inside a vehicle. Never allow him to place his head out of the window. He might hurt himself by any sharp object that can come swiftly passing by. He may also be prone to an inner ear damage or lung infections. Instead, you can bring his all-time favorite chewy toys – his squeakies! Bring as well his comfy pillow so he can behave well inside the car.
I am freaking hungry! My intestines are killing me!
Make sure you feed him a two to three hours before heading off out of town, maybe more if he tends to get nauseous in the car (see a vet about this if he does, as there are treatments). Avoid feeding him in a moving vehicle. If you are going on a multiple day trip, stop and park the car in one area and feed him outside. Be sensitive to his body language and give him time to have his bathroom breaks.
I’m all bruised up here. I am sure as hell that I need my vet!
Rocky terrains can be awfully dizzy to them so better be ready with a comfortable crate you can place them in. Make sure you buckle them up. Apprehensive pets tend to circle around you – fleeting away your focus on the wheels. You don’t want to end up in an accident or worse to have your pet thrown like a cannon ball after a possible collision. Yes, they make straps that will buckle into your seat belts. They strap onto the collar or harness and right into the buckle of your seat belt.
Are you crazy?!?! Do you really want to fry me up here like a real hotdog?
Do not leave your pet alone in the car even if it would just be for a short time. Owners underestimate the time they will be away from their pets. The moment you see your favorite Slurpee in a convenient store – you might be all mesmerized to purchase more and forget your poor pet that you have left behind. Regardless if it is summer or winter, the ruthless temperature can either scorch them or freeze them to death.
As responsible stewards of your lovable pets, make sure you have everything checked. I bet, you do not want to them to experience these possible inconveniences that can be equally bothersome for you, too. Have a great bonding trip!