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