Keeping your pets safe on the road

For some pet parents, and make no mistake, pet owners see their animals as part of the family, a trip is no fun if the four-legged members of this family cannot be part of the journey.

To make the trip memorable for you and your pet, Tata offer some travel tips:

Choosing a destination

Taking your animals with you on holiday takes some careful planning, but it is worth the effort. First make sure the venue of your choice is pet friendly. The venue of your choice should allow your animal to roam free without getting lost. This is especially important when taking an animal to a new location. They will feel a bit disoriented, especially at night when you go to sleep.Travelling with pets

Prep your pet for a long trip

Get your pet used to the motion of the car by taking them first on shorter drives which are gradually increased. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Pets also need to be able to see out the window to avoid motion sickness. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. Always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.

Prep a pet-friendly travel kit

Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Always opt for bottled water. Drinking water from an area he or she isn’t used to could result in stomach discomfort.

Make regular stops

Every two hours pull off the road and let your animal walk about on a leash. Make sure there is space to walk your animal without having to deal with the noise of on rushing traffic which can be intimidating for animals. The pit stop will allow your animal to explore, “read the newspaper” . It gives you some quality time with your furry child and also allows you to stretch your legs and breathe in fresh air. Of course it also means that your pet will have the opportunity to go about its business and take in some fluids and maybe also a treat or two.

Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle .

On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop.

If you animal does not love the trip, speak to your vet a for a mild sedative to be given before embarking on your road trip.

Now you can worry about the important things in life, for everything else there is TATA Touch.


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