Some pets love nothing more than going for a drive. We’ve all seen those dogs that love to stick their heads out the window and almost sworn we could detect a hint of a smile on their snouts. These guys can almost sense you’re about to go for a drive, and they want to be right there with you every time. Then there are the pets that find car rides nothing short of terrifying. They’re restless and uneasy for the entire ride, and that’s if their families are lucky. In the worst-case scenarios, unhappy travelers can end up throwing up in the car or crying for the entire trip.


Whatever category your family pet falls into, it’s important to do everything we can to keep them safe and happy while we’re out on the open road. That’s why in today’s post from Normandale Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians are sharing advice to keep your pets safe while driving.

Happy, Safe, and Comfortable Passengers

Maybe you’re taking your pug to the veterinarian for their latest round of vaccinations, moving across the country, taking your beagle on vacation, or just going out to the dog park. Whatever your destination, always make sure your pet is safely restrained. If possible, use a well-ventilated pet carrier or crate. Take time to get your pet used to his carrier before your trip if possible. There are also seat belt restraints available for some breeds of dog.


Making sure your pet is properly restrained has several benefits:


●        Helps reduce the chance of car sickness

●        Prevents your pet from distracting you or obstructing your view

●        Creates a sense of routine

●        Protects your pet against injury, especially in case of an accident


Although it may be tempting to let your pup hang her head out the window, it’s safer for her to remain safely inside the vehicle at all times.

Planning Your Ride

Even if your schedule is disrupted, be sure to keep your pet on her regular feeding schedule. If you’re taking a long road trip, be sure to stop before you feed her. That gives her a chance to get some much-needed fresh air and a safe space to get a healthy meal. Additionally, try not to feed her right before you head out on the road as this can increase the chance of carsickness.


Plan your stops so that you can take her with you whenever you leave your car. Never leave your pet unattended in your vehicle even for a few short minutes.

Additionally, make sure your pet’s ID tag is up-to-date on her collar and be sure to pack the following:


●        A good leash or harness

●        Your pet’s favorite toys and bed

●        Food, water, and bowls

●        Any medications

●        Waste bags and scoop for a dog or a litter box and litter for a cat


It may also be a good idea to cover your seats with a waterproof cover and bring a lint roller for any fur that gets on your seats. Finally, if you’re going to take a long road trip, try to get your pet used to shorter trips first.


Before you head out on the road, be sure to bring your furry friend by for a veterinary check-up, pet dental services, and pet grooming. To schedule your appointment, call Normandale Veterinary Hospital at 952-831-8272 or send a message on our contact page. And most importantly, have a great time on the road and drive safely!