with your pet is a venture that should be treated with a good amount of caution
and some basic planning in advance.
Taking your dog or cat with you on the highway to another community
should involve some additional basic precautions to make sure your furry
companion makes it through the trip and home again, safe and sound.
staff at the Laramie Animal Shelter receive several reports each year of pets
lost at truck stops, rest areas and gas stations in towns away from home. Most of these losses could be avoided with
some preplanning and some extra caution.
you are going to be traveling with your cat or dog companion you should
consider the following tips:
Collars and accurate identification tags are
your pet’s ticket home in ANY situation.
Cats should travel in carriers as they are
small and can often escape from the doors of the vehicle during transfers and
Dogs should be leashed for pit stops in any
instance. Truck stops, rest areas and
gas stations are all busy areas. Further,
if Fido’s inclined to get car sick and you need to stop on the side of the
road, Fido should be on a leash for safety.
If your dog is inclined to leap from the
vehicle as soon as the door is unlatched, it’s a good idea to clip Fido into
the vehicle. Clipping his leash to a
luggage tie down or other fixed point can afford you some time to maneuver when
you are opening the doors and moving about.
Some pets get car sick and kitties become
stressed by the uncertainty of their surroundings so your vet may be able to
prescribe some anti-nausea and/or some anxiety medications.
Check for all your passengers after EVERY
stop. It’s amazing how many pet owners
get several towns down the road to find out that they lost their pets but don’t
know which stop was the point of escape.
you plan and use caution, there’s no reason that Fluffy and Fido can’t
accompany you on trips out of town and even out of state. Taking the precautions above will help
everyone make it home safe and sound and will help owners avoid panicked
moments in strange towns along the way.
travels and enjoy those summer road trips!