- Take some practice runs: Whether it's the car or the pet carrier, start slowly, small and short. Take a short trip to the grocery store and see how your friend behaves. An animal who's well-behaved at home may act out while on the road
- Tag your pet: Identify your pet and include your cell phone number on his collar. Consider having your vet inject your pet with a microchip implant to make sure you'll be reunited with Fido should he ever run off.
- Seat belts are for pets too: Whether carrier, car harness or crate, pets (and passengers) are safer. You buckle up for safety, shouldn't your canine friend?
- Heads inside. Dirt and gravel can be stirred up by a quickly moving car and get in your pet's ears, eyes, nose or mouth causing injury or infection.
- Pet Pit Stop: Stretching is good for pets as well as humans. Take a short walk and let your pet release some energy.
- Car sickness applies to pets too. Make your pet's pre-travel meal a light one.
- Try to maintain your pet's normal routine: Regular walks and feedings (of his regular food) keep your pet healthy and happy.
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