Road rules for your pets -

Road rules for your pets

Whether you're moving to a new home or taking a family vacation, driving long distances with your pet in the car can be dangerous. Our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar has some advice to help you avoid the bumps in the road.

"Most pets handle short car trips with no problem," says Luciano, "But traveling long distances with your dog or cat requires a lot more planning to keep everybody safe and happy."

First remember the "Golden Rule", keep your pet in a crate or carrier at all times in the car. Loose pets are both unpredictable and distractions that can cause accidents on the road.

If your pet hasn't ridden in the car much, start taking short practice runs to help him get used to the sights, sounds and motions of driving. Quick trips around the block can go a really long way!

Keep your vehicle cool and well ventilated at all times. If it gets too stuffy, your pet could get nauseous and leave you with a nasty mess to clean up.

"Meals need planning, too," says Luciano, "I ration my pet's food into zip lock bags ahead of time so I don't have to measure things out on the go. And I bring bottled water instead of relying on local tap water. Water quality differs from place to place, and the change can make your pet sick."

Also, bring bowls food and water, a favorite toy, a collar and leash, disposable litter boxes, your pet's prescription meds—if any and some rubber gloves…just in case.

"I'd avoid bringing a favorite blanket, though. If your pet gets sick, there's gonna be a mess," says Luciano.

Once you're on the road, plan to stop every three hours for a bathroom break and a stretch outside the crate. And be sure to keep your cat or dog on leash when outside the car.

Traveling long distances with pets can be a challenge. But with the right planning your road trip can be a safe and satisfying adventure.

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