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Planning Ahead for a Trip During the Dog Days of Summer

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Planning Ahead for a Trip During the Dog Days of Summer

Helpful Tips for Travelling in the Car with a Pet

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Summer weekends can mean long drives, sometimes with pets in the car. Spending a vacation with your family dog or cat can be a rewarding and memorable experience, but planning for the pet's comfort and safety is an important part of any trip. Here are some tips to consider before loading up the car and hitting the road: 

  • Help your pet get used to its first road trip by taking short drives before your vacation. If your pet experiences motion sickness, consult your vet about possible medications.
  • Ensure your pet is properly secured at all times. Smaller animals are more secure in a crate attached by a seat belt. Restraints should allow your pet a bit of movement.
  • You like to stop and stretch your legs during a long car ride. So does your pet. Schedule rest breaks along your entire travel route to allow your pet to get out and exercise.
  • Always have fresh water available in the car. Avoid feeding your pet in a moving car to reduce the risk of motion sickness. Bring favourite toys and a pillow to prevent your pet from becoming restless during the ride.
  • Add a pet emergency kit to your travel checklist that includes its medical records, medicines and first aid items such as nail clippers and liquid bandages.
  • And of course, never leave your pet unattended in the car.

Download the How to Take a Road Trip with your Pet infographic.

Quick Facts

  • Six out of ten pet owners travel with their pets at least once a year and over half of all pet trips are with dogs.
  • More hotel chains are becoming pet friendly, but it is a good idea to call ahead to avoid disappointment.

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“Summer road trips, especially with a family pet, are a great way to explore our amazing province and create new and lasting memories. These tips will help ensure a safe, happy and pet-friendly road trip.”

Yasir Naqvi

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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