Whether it's driving from your house to the vet, farm, family, or going on a vacation, it's sometimes necessary to bring your pets along for the ride. As much as it's important to enjoy yourself, it's even more important to have the right information to ensure a safe journey for you and your pets while you drive.
Method 1 of 5:Deciding How To Accommodate Your Pets
1Know the needs of your pet and consider how their situation could be different than that of an average pet. Each pet owner has a unique pet that needs special care to be transported by car. If you know your pet needs special accommodations, make sure to include them when deciding to transport them by car.
2Use a suitable pet carrier. If your pet is a mammal, they may need to be locked inside of an animal carrier. Reptiles and fish will require a suitable transportable container. It's important to make the carrying container as comfortable as possible, so that your pet isn't stressed during the trip.
3Keep your pet in the back of the car. In general, avoid putting your pet in the front passenger seat––the sunlight coming from the front window may be harsh or may cause rapidly increased heat that may be unbearable for the pet. Moreover, the passenger airbag can have devastating consequences on any pet if it is released. If the model of car used doesn't have the capability of turning off the airbag, always keep your pet in the back.
Method 2 of 5:How to Travel by Car with a Dog
1Determine the age and size of the dog. This will impact how often you need to stop, as well as how much space you need to make for the dog. Make sure that the dog is comfortable during the ride and has sufficient opportunities to relax outside of the car during the journey.
Keep your dog on a leash when outside of the car. Since driving involves being on or near the road when taking the dog on a walk during a stop, it is important to keep a leash on to avoid the dog being injured by any motorists. This will also prevent your dog from bolting off if something unfamiliar scares him suddenly.
2Keep a collar on the dog for identification. Whenever driving with your dog, it is important that the dog has proper identification in case it gets lost. Unlike your neighborhood, your dog won't know how to find his way home and you won't have neighbors who know the dog.
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Method 3 of 5:How to Travel by Car with a Cat
1Be aware that cats can jump over physical barriers with ease. It is therefore important for your own safety, and in turn your cat's, that you drive safely and don't have any distractions.
2Introduce your cat to the car and familiarize it with the new environment before traveling. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Have a carrier ready to accommodate a feline. Get the cat used to the carrier before getting used to the car.
Cats don't like being taken out of their environment so traveling takes them away from the familiar. Consider making a comfortable place with aspects of their usual environment by bringing along their favorite toy(s). Another way to make it comfortable is by placing a sizeable piece of fabric inside to make it cozy.
Another way to help your cat relax is by giving them a feline appropriate, vet approved depressant for the journey.
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Method 4 of 5:How to Travel by Car with a Fish
1Consider the kind of fish that you have. The type of fish will impact the way in which you carry it by car.
If the fish are tropical, they probably need to stay warm, at slightly above room temperature.
2If the fish are saltwater, make sure you have extra saltwater just in case there is a spill and you need to gave a supply on the go.
If the fish tend to be aggressive, consider separating them for the trip.
3Determine the size of your tank and the means necessary to facilitate transport.
If the size of the tank is small, such as 1-10 gallons, then minimal work will be required to transport it.
If the size of the tank exceeds 15 gallons, or even 20 gallons, consider asking someone to assist you in moving it.
The larger the tank size, the longer it will take to change the temperature. If you have a small tank, make sure that you can control the temperature to ensure your fish aren't overwhelmed by the change in temperature.
Method 5 of 5:How to Travel by Car With a Bird
1When traveling with a bird, make sure that your bird is comfortable in its environment.
It is important to ensure that your bird is secured in either a cage or a carrier suitable for its size.
If you own an avian harness, it is a great idea to put it on the bird so it can't fly about the car.
It is important to keep a consistent mild temperature so the bird will be comfortable. Any large changes in temperature can be harmful for birds.
2Strap the cage down. Use either seat belts, bungee cords, or other forms of suitable restraints. Secure the cage or carrier to the car so that the cage won't tumble, fall, or break open if a sudden change in motion is required while driving.