Gradually get him used to the motion of the car. Don’t give up too quickly.
Practice taking your dog for short rides near home before vacation time rolls around.
– If the dog suffers from motion sickness, ask your veterinarian to prescribe a motion sickness pill or sedative.
– For the safety of everyone, don’t let him jump around in the car.
He should sit or lie quietly and not annoy the driver.
Don’t let him hang his head out the window.
– Cats too may learn to travel well by car if you start with short trips near home. A cat should ride in a carrier.
Well before the departure date let the pet become accustomed to the carrier. Leave the carrier where he’s sure to find it and investigate.
He’ll climb in and out and will probably curl up inside for a nap. Then take him for a few short trips in the carrier.
– Don’t feed him for several hours before any trip. Carry a container of drinking water in the car, especially in hot weather.
Stop frequently to let the pet drink.
Dogs should be exercised.
– If you must leave a pet in a parked car, lock the car, but leave windows rolled down two inches on all sides for ventilation.
The heat in a closed car can reach well over 120 degrees.
Even of your car is parked in the shade, don’t forget that the sun may shift before you get back.
– Take along familiar toys and feeding dishes, and the pet’s own blanket or bed to give him a touch of home no matter where you are.
The dog or cat will feel more at home on his own bedding and he will have an added feeling of security form using his regular bowl.
If traveling for a long distance, book ahead with pet friendly hotels.