Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets this Summer

Taking your dog or cat with you on vacation can add lots of fun to your trip, and it can save you money on a pet-sitter. But traveling with pets presents some challenges and requires extra planning, so keep these tips in mind.

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It’s important to make sure you have all the necessary identification for your pet like rabies vaccination papers, which may be required when crossing the border into some states. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped if you haven’t gotten that done already.

Always secure your pet in a carrier of some kind. Depending on the kind of traveling you’re doing, you might want a softer carrier made of fabric to keep them comfortable in your backseat, or a harder plastic one that’s more suitable for air travel. Don’t let your pet wander the car while you drive—this is much more dangerous for your pet and even more dangerous if you should get into an accident.

Be prepared for if your pet gets sick or injured on the road. Look up nearby vet hospitals on your route and bring along first aid items like gauze and hydrogen peroxide to make them throw up if they eat something they shouldn’t. And, of course, bring plenty of food and water to keep them hydrated.

These are just some of the many things to consider when heading out on the road with your pet onboard. To find out what pet-friendly accessories Volkswagen offers for your vehicle, stop by Gossett VW Germantown.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets to Consider This Spring

One of the best parts of springtime is the freedom to take road trips with your family. One member of your family you might wish to bring along is your pet—but you’re not exactly how to do so safely. That’s okay; there are a number of safety tips for traveling with pets that should help you get where you want to go with your furry friend in tow.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

  • If you’ve never traveled with a pet before, take them on a short trip around the block or to the store to test their resolve. Car rides can be big sources of stress for pets, so it’s best to figure out their temperament before you take them with you on a cross-country tip
  • You should always make sure that your pet is restrained, contained, or crated during a road trip. The American Human Society recommends “purchasing a specially designed pet seatbelt, carrier or barrier to avoid irreversible consequences due to distractions or other mishaps.”
  • You love it when your buddy cuddles in your lap at home, but you should not let them sit in your lap on a trip. In fact, your pet should not ever be in the front seats for any reason—keep them in the second and third rows where it’s safe
  • We all love seeing a dog’s floppy jowls getting pushed back by the wind rushing past, but you should never allow your pet to stick their head out a window. Not only is this a way for them to be hit and injured by debris, but high winds can also irritate mucus membranes and cause medical issues

While Volkswagen makes vehicles perfectly catered to bringing along your furry friends, it’s important that you know how to take them with you safely and soundly. For more pet-friendly travel tips, and to see which new VW vehicles best fit your road-tripping needs, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.