Ensure your pet's safety when traveling with these tips

Ensure your pet's safety when traveling with these tips

Kathy Cline / ADOT Communications
January 31, 2023
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Traveling with pets can be fun: they keep you company and can make for some great photos at landmarks.

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It can also add some stress and we’re sharing these travel safety tips from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help ensure comfort and safety for pets -- and their humans -- on road trips.

  • Ensure your pet has a microchip with current information and is also wearing a collar and tag with your name and phone number. A temporary tag with your cell phone and destination phone number is also a good idea.
  • Keep your pet in a well-ventilated crate or carrier that’s well secured. If you don’t want to use a crate or carrier, keep your pet securely buckled in a back-seat harness. Don’t allow your pet to hang out a window; it could be harmed by flying debris or rocks.
  • Pack a pet-friendly travel kit with food, bowls, a leash, waste scoop, plastic bags, medication and a favorite toy, pillow or blanket for a sense of familiarity. Bring bottled water to avoid stomach discomfort to your pet from drinking water that’s not from your area.
  • Make sure to stop every so often so your furry friend can get some exercise, while on a leash, of course.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. In warmer months, the interior of a vehicle can become an oven. In cold weather, a vehicle can act as a refrigerator, causing an animal to freeze to death.

Happy travels!

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