Travelling with pets? Here are some tips on keeping them safe

Now that spring is here, it’s time to start planning those summer road trips. If you’re like me, not only do you have to plan your vacation around your children, you also need to think about your pets.

Many families will try to find a pet sitter and avoid bringing their pets on a trip altogether. However, travelling with your pets is possible. The Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre (PEAC) in Newmarket provides some tips on keeping your pets happy on a trip.

It’s important to remember that every animal is different and has unique personalities. For example, some dogs love riding in the car while others would rather stay indoors. Remember, the dream vacation for your pet may differ from yours.

However, let’s assume that your pet loves the outdoors and is willing to hit the open road. Make sure to pack for your pet like you would for your children. Bring lots of food, as well as their dishes, toys, leashes and bedding.

Travelling by car? Make sure to keep your pet behind the driver. This will reduce distracted driving. PetSmart and other stores offer special harnesses for dogs that attach to the seatbelt for extra safety.

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