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Car driving down a road, advice for travelling with your pet

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Before you set off ensure your pet is used to and settled when travelling in the car. Start off by taking your pet on short journeys and gradually building up the length over time. It is also a good idea to take your dog on a nice walk at the end of a journey so that they familiarise the car with a positive outcome.

This will ensure that they do not get stressed on the journey.

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Cat sat on top of a pet carrier with a dog sat next to them

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Ensure you have a safe space for your pet to travel in within the car, for example a cat basket or a crate. This will help your pet to feel safe and settled and reduces the danger of distracting the driver.

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Sun appearing through the clouds, protect your pets from the sun when travelling

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It is very easy for pets to overheat in the car so good ventilation is essential. Consider buying a solar shade for the windows to shield your pet from the sun and ensure that your pet is never left in the car on a hot day.

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Dog sleeping on chair outdoors

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Plan regular rest stops on your journey and ensure that your pet has access to water at all times.

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Dog lying on a beach travelling abroad with its owners

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Consider the times you are going to exercise your pet very carefully. Avoid the hot midday sun to ensure your pet does not overheat. Also avoid walking between dusk and dawn in areas where Leishmania is endemic as this is when the sandflies, that transmit Leishmania are most active.

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A vet stroking a cat

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We recommend a post-travel visit to your vet to ensure your pet is thoroughly checked over and they have received the recommended worming treatment.

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