Making road trips comfy for your pet

  • Animals
  • Friday, 21 Apr 2023

Before taking your pet on a trip, make sure they are fit to travel. Photo:

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Pet owners are generally receptive to the idea of bringing their pets along on their weekend hikes, evening walks or road trips.

Leisurely activities are beneficial to our little furry friends, and it’s absolutely safe to go on trips with them, such as on long car rides, says founder and advisor of animal welfare organisation Noah’s Ark Ipoh, Dr Ranjit Mendhir.

Before you embark on a road trip with those furry travellers, however, there are essentials that pet owners should pack, for possible emergencies – collars, leashes, poop bags, disposable cat tray and ample food. It’s also good to keep aside some calming tablets or sprays to ensure a pleasant journey. She advises all pet owners who have plans to go on a road trip with their pets to include pit stops during the journey.

“They may feel uncomfortable if the ride takes too long, so a temporary deviation is needed to ease up,” said Ranjit, who has 36 years of veterinary experience.

“Calming spray can help them relax on the go, as well as soothe their discomfort,” she said.

In addition, Ranjit reminded owners to bring along documents such as the pet’s vaccination certificate and licence, especially for interdistrict or interstate travel.

You have to make sure your pet is fit to travel too, before proceeding with the trip. Pets that are too young (below the age of three) or too old (nine years old and above), should not be travelling long distances.

Canine or feline companions who have motion sickness should be given medication half an hour prior to the start of the journey. And feed them at least five hours before the trip.

Proper exposure is beneficial for your pets. Socialisation helps fearful and insecure pets to build confidence.

Although going out might be exciting for our pets, Ranjit explains that for those who lack interaction, new sights and environment could make them nervous.

“Pet guardians should get them used to open grounds and car rides before the trip. For pets that are nervous or display social anxiety, a calming spray will do the job,” she added.

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