COPPELL, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from AAA Texas:
With AAA travel bookings now surpassing 2019 levels and a reported increase in pet adoptions at the height of the pandemic, many vacationers may consider taking their new furry friend on the trip. Whether you’ve had your best friend for a few months or a few years, it’s important to know that you are ultimately responsible for your pet’s well-being and behavior while traveling.
“Since animals cannot speak for themselves, it is up to pet owners to focus on their animal’s welfare every step of the way,” AAA Texas spokesperson said. , Daniel Armbruster. “Including a pet on vacation is pretty easy, as long as you plan ahead. Many pets respond well to travel, a fact that is not lost on the tourism industry.
According to AAA.com/PetTravel, more than 13,000 AAA Diamond properties coast-to-coast are pet-friendly, and people traveling with pets were on the increase before 2020. This is a trend that is expected to increase. come back now that the demand for travel in the United States is booming.
Prepare for your pet’s trip
Before you go on vacation with your pet, it’s important to make sure that both of you are prepared for the upcoming trip. Here are some tips from AAA Texas to follow before you embark on this next adventure.
- Update your pet’s vaccinations, check their general physical condition, and get a health certificate attesting to up-to-date vaccinations. Such documentation may be required if you are crossing state or country borders.
- If your pet is taking prescribed medication, take enough of it and a few extra days. Also take the prescription in case you need a refill.
- Be prepared for emergencies by obtaining the names and numbers of clinics or doctors in your destination from your veterinarian or the American Animal Hospital Association.
- Acclimatize your pet to road trips. Even if you fly, your pet will need to get in a car to get to the airport or terminal, and you don’t want any nasty surprises before departure.
- Wrap as carefully for your pet as you do for yourself. Make sure they have a collar with a license tag and ID tags showing their name and yours, as well as your address and phone number. An additional method of identification is to implant an electronic chip under their skin.
- Choosing the right carrier or crate is essential to ensure the safety of your pet while traveling.
Driving with your pet
- AAA Texas recommends that you restrain your pet in the back seat of the vehicle to avoid distractions as well as to protect the pet and other passengers in the event of a collision. The frontal airbag can be fatal to a pet in a crash, even if the animal is tethered. Restraint options include harnesses and crates that can be attached.
- To help prevent motion sickness, give your pet a light meal 4 to 6 hours before leaving on a trip. Do not give food or water to an animal in a moving vehicle.
- Never allow your pet to travel in the bed of a van. It is illegal in some states; they can also jump or be thrown, endangering themselves and others on the road.
- Don’t let your dog hang his head out the window during your trip, no matter how pleasant. Road debris and other flying objects can injure delicate eyes and ears, and the animal is at a greater risk of serious injury if the vehicle suddenly stops or is struck. If it’s hot outside, run the air conditioner instead of opening the windows and make sure the airflow reaches your pet.
- AAA Texas recommends that drivers stop every 2 hours during a trip to stretch their legs and take a quick break. Your pet will enjoy the same break. Plan to visit a rest area every 4 hours or so to give her a drink and answer the call of nature. (Cat owners should bring a litter box; dog owners should clean up afterward.)
- Make sure your pet is on a leash before opening the car door. It’s not just a courtesy to fellow travelers; this will prevent them from breaking free and running away unexpectedly. Keep in mind that even the most obedient animal can be disoriented while on vacation or in strange places.
- NEVER leave an animal in a parked car if you stop on the way, even if the windows are partially open. Even on pleasant days, the temperature inside a car can reach well over 100 degrees in under 10 minutes, putting your pet at risk of heat stroke and possibly death. In very cold weather, hypothermia is a risk. In addition, animals left unattended in parked cars can be stolen.
- Always be prepared for a road emergency. Make sure there is enough water for you, all human passengers, and your pets.
For more tips on traveling with a pet by car or plane, visit AAA.com/PetTravel. You can also find dog parks and national pet-friendly public lands here, or search the attraction and restaurant listings for places to play and eat.
AAA provides automotive, travel, insurance and financial services to more than 62 million members through its federation of independent automobile clubs and nearly 1,000 branches across North America. Since 1902, AAA has been a leader and advocate for the motorist and safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel, or plot a route through the AAA mobile app. AAA Texas branches statewide can be found by visiting www.AAA.com. Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.
(AAA Texas press release)