Travelling with Dogs – Driving Safely with Dogs

Travelling with Dogs

From ensuring your dog is safe and secure whilst you drive to helping your dog's car sickness, our vets and experts have weighed in on the best tips for travelling with dogs.

Before you Hit the Road

When planning your holiday or camping trip, always factor in time to find out where the closest Veterinary clinic is to your destination and their operating hours. This way, you can quickly contact them if your dog is involved in an emergency situation.

Restraining your dog in the car

Restraining your dog in the car is extremely important for your safety and the safety of your pooch.

  • Unrestrained dogs have freedom to move inside the vehicle, making it easy for them to launch themselves into the front seat, plonk in to your lap or get under your legs and generally distract you from what you should be doing – driving safely! Your unrestrained dog may seriously injure you, himself or worse.
  • Driving with unrestrained passenger in the car, even the four-legged variety, is an offence and can carry substantial fines. You may also face fines if your unrestrained dog becomes injured while travelling in your vehicle.
  • Our pets are our family members! You would take all steps to ensure your human relatives are safely secured, so why put your buddy at risk?

Your local PETstock Team can provide advice about travelling with your pet and there are products available to make the experience a safe and positive one. The Petlife Roadie Car Safety Harness or the Ezydog Chest Plate Harness are great options, as they can be used exactly like a seatbelt and ensures your buddy stays put as you drive.

If your dog is a much smaller breed, like a Toy Poodle, a better option may be to secure a pet carrier or dog travel crate in your vehicle and use this when taking your pet in the car with you.

Dog car sickness

We all have a sibling or cousin who cannot deal with long car trips. It feels as though you’re forever stopping for them to get some air or even use the sick bag! While this may be a little annoying to us, trips in the car can be nightmarish for those who suffer from motion sickness, and it’s no different for some dogs!

During dog car sickness, your buddy may experience mild nausea or even vomit in the car. If you know or suspect your dog struggles with car sickness, your Veterinarian may have a few options available to help reduce the occurrence or severity of this.

By describing your dog’s symptoms, your Vet will determine if it is the motion of the car or anxiety that causes your buddy to be sick and choose a remedy tailored to this.

Our Recommended Products

EzyDog Chest Plate Dog Harness with Car Seatbelt Attachment

  • Made with EVA foam chest support, that will mould to the shape of your dog's body and will absorb impact and vibration.
  • Distributes load evenly across the dog's chest rather than the throat, adding to the comfort when wearing this harness.
  • Quick and easy to fit and adjust, and is made from quick drying fabrics.
  • Reflective webbing makes for safer night time walking and it comes with a seat belt attachment.

Petlife Roadie Car Safety Dog Harness

  • Designed to help protect your dog in the event of sudden stops and sharp turns, and also helps minimise driver distraction.
  • Independently impact tested by NRMA Insurance, making it the most effective and safest car harness on the market.
  • Easily fitted and the soft neoprene padding makes this harness super comfy for your pooch in the car.

Mikki Collapsible Pet Training Crate

  • Two doors and a plastic floor tray, for easy access and cleaning.
  • Anti-rust and durable construction.
  • Perfect for travel and fold down easily for effortless transportation and storage.

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