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Before embarking on a long trip, take some shorter drives to see how your pet responds. Does he get anxious? Car sick?
Buckle up. About 30,000 accidents are caused each year by an unrestrained dog in the front seat, according to the AAA. Pets freely wondering the vehicle aren't only a distraction to the driver, but they're also more likely to be injured in the event of an accident. You can help ensure a safe trip by restraining your furry friend with a pet barrier, pet seat belt, pet car seat or travel crate.
Keep heads and paws inside. Your dog may enjoy sticking his head out the window, but riding this way could cause ear damage or expose your pet to lung infections, according to the ASPCA.
Prepare for the worst. Attach a second tag to your pet's collar that includes the address and phone number of where you'll be staying during your trip.
Pit stops. The American Veterinary Medical Association advises pet owners to stop every two to three hours for your pet to use the bathroom and get some exercise.
Hydrate. The ASPCA recommends keeping a gallon of cold water on hand to ensure your pet stays sufficiently hydrated during the trip.
Don't leave them alone. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes, which can be deadly. If you'll be visiting a destination where pets aren't allowed DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN THE CAR!.
Obtain health records from veterinarian.
Plan ahead for hotels and motels that accept pets.
Check destination state and local government requirements for Health Certificate, pet ordinances, "leash laws", and licensing requirements.
Transporting pets by car is often less stressful for the animal and less expensive for the owner.
If you are not able to make proper arrangements for moving your pet our representative can suggest a professional pet moving service.