With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we know that a lot of our readers will be traveling to visit family and friends. While most pets will be spending their holidays with a pet sitter, in a boarding facility, or home alone for the day, some will be lucky little travelers and get to attend Thanksgiving and Christmas with their owners and distant relatives. If you just didn’t have the heart again this year to let your pup be looked after by someone else or left home alone, and are planning on bringing him with you, we’ve got a great guest post you might be interested in reading! Judy, from Truck Champ send in a great article she’s written, “5 Winter Travel Tips When Traveling With Your Dog”, and includes some great advice you should consider while you two (or three or four, etc.) are on the road!
5 Winter Travel Tips When Traveling With Your Dog by Judy:
I work for Truck Champ, a seller of automotive products, and consequently have the opportunity to meet a number of truck owners who also own dogs. Fortunately, most are quite cautious about dog transport, however I occasionally encounter someone who is putting their dog at great risk simply as an oversight. Many owners love to let their dogs ride in their truck beds but don’t take the necessary precautions to make this safe. Also, beyond safe travel in trucks, there are several critical rules of transporting a dog in any type of car that should be heeded by everyone.
In hopes of reaching owners who may have overlooked these ideas or think they don’t apply for “safe” drivers, I have written an article onThe 5 Most Important Rules for Transporting Any Dog.
- Saftey First! It’s not surprising that safety is not what is on your dog’s mind, so as the caring and loving pet owner you must take ahold of this responsibility. Ensuring your dog’s safety and happiness during your journey with provide you peace of mind. It may surprise you to know that over 29 million people travel with their pets, yet only about 20% use some sort of restraint. Your dog isn’t thinking restraint, especially when he spies a squirrel out the truck window. He’s thinking, “SQUIRREL!! Lemme out a here!”. Use a crate for your pet’s safety in the car or truck bed. Thay way, he can’t make an escape or drive the both of your nuts running back and forth on the car seat.
- Be prepared for the cold. If you are planning a trip that includes “potty breaks” you may want to bring some foot protection booties in addition to their usual supplies (ie; food and water dishes, doggie waste bags, leash, and a collar with current tags). Nothing is worse than ice chunks in the pads of your paws (or so I’ve been told). Plus, your pet can slip and slide on ice and snow just like we pet parents are known to do. Don’t forget a towel to dry off wet fur after a romp in the snow. Your dog, and your car seats, will appreciate it. If you have a short-haired or little-haired dog, consider taking a doggie sweater along. As always, a blanket or pillow for resting is an important addition.
- Keep antifreeze out of your pooch’s reach. Antifreeze is a important for your vehicle in the winter months, but is incredibly toxic and will poison your pet. It contains ethylene glycol which gives it a sweet taste so it will attracts dogs. Consumption can result in kidney damage, coma or even death.
- Do not leave your dog alone in the truck (or car). You may think you’re doing Rover a
favor by leaving him inside a running vehicles, nice and warm, if you need to run a quick errand. However, animals are as susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning as we are. Leaving them in the vehicle while its shut off is also a bad idea as it can get cold very quickly. Keep a leash in your truck at all times so you can always bring him with you.
- Break Time! You will want to have stops along the way to let your dog stretch, walk, and you-know-what. Never let Rover run without the leash as there can be dangerous objects hidden in the snow that he can step on and injure himself. There is the added risk of your pup getting lost too since they lose their sense of smell in the snow. You will want to be especially careful around frozen lakes and ponds, where your pet could slip and fall in.
Remember, a winter road trip is always better when everyone aboard, including your pet, is safe, happy and comfortable. Happy travels!
Judy lives in Wisconsin with her husband and writes for her personal blog as well as her company’s. She works for Truck Champ, who sells an array of truck accessories. An animal lover at heart, she is dedicated to spreading the message about safe travel tips for pets and their owners.
Are you guys traveling with your pets this holiday season? Are they one of the lucky ones who gets to participate in all the fun festivities?! If you’ve got any other great tips that you like to follow when you’re on the move with your pups, we’d LOVE to hear them!
Thanks, Judy for sending in your great travel tips when traveling with our dogs!