• Make sure your dog is wearing an easy to read ID tag on their collar.
  • Ensure your pet’s microchip information is up-to-date. Not sure? http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ will tell you which registry has your pet’s chip info. And, veterinarians and shelters can scan your pet and provide you with the number for no cost!
  • When stopping for rest breaks, keep your pet leashed. Never leave your pet alone in the car.
  • Confirm in advance that your lodgings are pet friendly.
  • Pack extra supplies, like pet food and medication, just in case!
  • For longer trips, make sure you have enough food and water easily accessible to feed your pet while on the go.
  • Exercise your pet before you get into the car to give you both a relaxing start to your trip.
  • If your dog is uncrated, check the child locks on your rear windows to make sure your dog cannot accidently open the window and escape.
  • If your dog is uncrated, consider purchasing a pet seat belt. It will reduce the chance that your companion can escape when you open a door.
  • Keep your cat in a carrier while in the car.
  • Do not allow pets in the front seat unless they are in a carrier and buckled in. In case of a crash they could be injured by the dashboard, the airbag, or worse!
  • Keep a pet-specific first aid kit in your car. Click here to download ours!

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