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Travel by Car with Your Pets

When traveling by car, be aware of weather conditions. Do not leave your pet in the car when the temperature and/or humidity are high or when temperatures are near or below freezing. Your pet should be confined to a cage or crate to allow them to feel secure and to avoid having a pet under your feet while driving. Pets should not be allowed to ride with their heads outside car windows - particles of dirt can enter their eyes, ears, and nose, causing injury or infection.

  • Plan to stop every two hours for exercise and give small portions of food and water at each stop
  • Be sure to take along a large container of cold water in case other reliable water sources are not available
  • Stick to the regular feeding routine and give the main meal at the end of the day
  • Dispose of unused canned food unless it can be refrigerated
  • Remember to bring a leash
  • Pack a first aid kit
  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag (with both your home and travel destination information) should your pet get loose/lost while traveling


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