Travelling with our animals can be great fun if we make the right arrangements, but poor planning can make the whole ordeal very stressful. Here are some tips to make your pet comfortable during your travels:
Practice makes perfect: If you can, do a practice-run before embarking on a lengthy road trip. Place your pet in a carrier or in the back seat, and take a calm, relaxing drive to the beach or a nearby park. This quick test should give you an indication of how they’ll respond to a long journey.
Queasiness: Motion sickness is more common in younger pets because their ear structures used for balance haven’t fully developed yet. If a car ride does result in nausea, then your fur-kid may begin to associate the experience of travel with uncomfortable sensations.
To treat motion sickness, vets often recommend turning the air conditioning up to keep the vehicle cool or equalising the air pressure inside the car by lowering the windows slightly.
You should also help your pet face forward while travelling. Dogs can be strapped into their seat with a specially designed canine seat belt, which can be handy.