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Tip #1: Plan your trip
Plan your trip BEFORE you leave. Make sure you allow for rest stops so your pet can stretch their legs and use the restroom, as well as get some water and a snack. If you’re going to be stopping overnight, make sure that your accommodations are pet-friendly. You should also check your final destination to ensure that your four-legged friend will be able to stay with you.
Tip #2: Pack the right supplies
In order to keep Fido comfortable on a long road trip, our N Charlotte Toyota dealership recommends that you bring toys, snacks, water, and any medications that your pet might need. Don’t forget a leash for when you get out of the car, and if it’s cold where you’re headed make sure you have blankets (and if your dog is game, a jacket for them, too).
Tip #3: Make sure your pet is identifiable
How will your pet be identified if worst case scenario happens and they get separated from you on your road trip? It’s a good idea to ensure they’re always wearing a collar that has tags on it, which should have information like their name, your name, and your contact information on them. Micro-chipping is also an excellent idea because collars can be pulled off or lost.
Tip #4: Secure your animals
It’s not safe to let your pet roam the car – after all, we wear seat belts, so why shouldn’t they? They could be severely injured in a crash and also become a projectile that could injure you and your passengers. Ask our N Charlotte Toyota parts techs what accessories are best for your car. You can crate your animal to keep them contained, and you can also invest in a harness system that attaches to the seat belt to keep them secure
Tip #5: Be a responsible pet owner
Be a good pet owner. Ask your vet about solutions if your pet is a nervous traveler and consider feeding them a smaller meal before they get in the car in case their stomachs are upset by travel. Also, never leave your pet unattended in the car – it’s extremely dangerous, especially in cold weather.
Let Toyota of N Charlotte help you get prepped.
Toyota of N Charlotte wants to ensure you and your four-legged friends are as comfortable and safe as possible this holiday season – call us for more tips at (704) 875-9199.