Pets have a bit of an unfair reputation when it comes to traveling in cars. Hollywood would, of course, have you believe that it is a nightmare experience that ends in nothing but ruined vacations and a dirty car.

As funny as these situations are, however, they are easily avoided with a bit of know-how and the right tricks. Keep reading to find out more.

Speak with your Vet

The first thing that you should do before traveling anywhere with your pet is to get them a checkup. Let your vet know that you will be taking them on a trip and where you will be going so that they can undertake the necessary assessment. During your visit, ask the vet for any tips on how to best control your pet while they are excited about visiting a new place.

Take Everything That You Need

Just as your passengers need all of their items packed so that they don’t get bored or angry during the trip, so too does your little-loved one. Be sure to visit the Groupon Coupons page for PetSmart before you leave to stock up on some food, snacks, and a toy to keep them entertained while you drive.

Remember that your pet can’t pack for themselves, so it’s up to you to make sure that you take everything they need, not just for the journey, but also for the destination.

Keep Them Strapped In

The last thing that you want is for your little one to go flying around the car if you have to make a sudden stop or turn. Not only is it dangerous for them, but it is very dangerous for the driver and passengers.

To prevent this, look for a purpose designed strap which can be attached a harness worn by your pet. These devices are the best way for animals to travel safely and not only stops them from moving in an accident but also prevents them from becoming overly excited.

Protect Your Car

Your pet doesn’t want to tread mud or dirt into your car and they don’t’ want to put holes in your seats, either. The problem is that they just don’t know any better or can’t help themselves.

To prevent this, start by taking an old sheet or blanket and covering as much of the seat as they will be sitting on. If you have an extra blanket, don’t be afraid to use that or pack it for later, as the chances as your pet will move around a lot, causing the sheet or blanket to move or no longer be enough.

Traveling with pets doesn’t have to be a bad experience and can be a great way for your animal to see the world and for you all to enjoy vacation and travel with as a family. After all, they have spent their entire life with you so each time that you leave for vacation, they are left wondering why, so be sure to do what you can to include them on your next adventure.

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