We know our pets may like to sit on our lap or stick their head out the window, but car travel with an unrestrained pet can be hazardous. Recently, New Jersey passed a law requiring pets to be restrained while traveling in a vehicle, making it the first state in the country to pass such a law.
When in the car, Spencer and Clancy are always restrained in their Lookout Seat.
There are also other options for in-car restraint, including a harness with seat belt tether or car safety harness.
I'm definitely guilty of leaving Spencer in the car for a few minutes when I run in to a store or stop by the post office. I only do it when it's 60 degrees or cooler, as the inside of the car heats up super fast. I know you're not supposed to do this, but the Spencester LOVES car rides. One thing I'll definitely be ordering is the Too Hot for Spot Window Cling. The unique thermometer provides pet owners with real time information to make intelligent choices when traveling with their pets
For small dogs on the go or dogs and cat that travel by plane this summer, two great options are the Pet Pilot and the Celltei. I have many Cavalier friends with the Celltei Traveler and they love it. It's the perfect size to fit under an airplane seat when you remove the bottom. When you're on the move, it converts to a backpack so your hands can be free.
There is also Summer is a Verb's favorite, the Sleepypod. They have several products, including the original Sleepypod that is great for car travel, and the Air, which as the name implies, is perfect for flights.
No matter how you're travelling with your pet this summer, make sure you have plenty of bowls for food and water. For the car, we have the To Go Bowl, which fits in the cupholder and has a splash guard and lid.
When we've reached our destination, I break out the Planet Dog collapasible food and water bowls. When folded, they take up no space at all in the boys overnight bags.
Since I've worked for the Red Cross for over a decade, I'm a bit anal about first aid and safety. At home, I have a pet first aid kit in both my kitchen and bedroom. I also have a first aid kit I keep in the car. The best travel kit I've found is the Sporting Dog First Aid Kit (LL Bean has the best price for it). While it was designed for hunting and field dogs, the kit has everything you would need, no matter what the emergency. I've never had to use it, thank goodness, but I do switch out to a fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide every six months. Hydrogen peroxide is something every pet owner should have on hand in case their furry family member injests something they shouldn't. One teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight induces vommiting almost right away.
No matter what you and your furry children are doing this summer, stay safe and HAVE FUN!