Dog on board? Keep them safe and comfortable
Ah the summer months. Packing up the car and getting away from it all for a few days. Of course, when you’re packing up your motor, it’s always wise to make a checklist of everything (and everybody) you’re taking with you.
Don’t be like GrAnt that time we were planning a work weekend away by the coast. To be fair to him, GrAnt had packed the car full of all the essentials, food and drink, even the barbecue. He just forgot to pick up Brilly and Ant Tony on the way.
Of course, if you are a pet owner, there’s no way you’d leave your pet behind when clearing off on holiday. So, if you are getting away, the InsureAnts have put together a little guide to help keep your pet safe while on your travels.
Firstly, it’s always a good idea to have your dog well restrained in the car. There are many ways you can do this and there’s lot of equipment available from your local pet store. You can pick up a dog-guard, car harness or travel crate.
If you’re not sure what the best course of action is for restraining your pet in the car, consult the Highway Code. While you’re not legally obliged to restrain your dog in the car, it’s generally a good idea for everyone’s safety.
Of course, your dog should be comfortable too and you should provide them with drinking water along the way and allow them to get out every once in a while to get a bit of exercise – however, wait until you get to a suitable spot to stop.
You should only feed your day at least an hour before you begin your journey and try not to give him or her too much. This will reduce the chances of you dog experiencing travel sickness while in the car.
If your dog routinely suffers travel sickness, it may be a good idea to consult your vet before travelling. Don’t use any medication that your vet hasn’t recommended or specifically prescribed.
Hopefully, your holidays will be bathed in sunshine wherever you go, but remember that intense sunlight can be harmful to your dog. You might want to attach a sunshade to the windows and when you’re parked, don’t leave your dog in the car on their own if it’s a particularly hot day, read some pet friendly top tips for warm weather here.
Is Your Pet Covered?
Before taking your pet on your travels, you should consult your car insurance and breakdown cover documents to make sure you are covered for your dog. If you break down and have to get your car towed, you will need to know if it’s okay for you dog to travel in your vehicle while it’s being towed.
A dog travelling in car may conjure up images of your canine with his head stuck to the window and tongue flapping around. However, this is not advisable for a number of reasons.
Your dog could be injured by a vehicle going in the opposite direction or even attempt to jump out of the car.
Also, a dog’s face, ears and eyes could be harmed by air particles and fumes from other cars.
For pets who are travelling abroad with your, you’ll need to get information on Pet Passports and any quarantine procedures in particular countries. This can be done by consulting the DEFRA website.
For pet insurance quotes, check out our site before you set off on holiday.