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Top 5 Risks When Driving with a Pet


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Carsick Pets
Pets that are uncomfortable in cars or cages may become sick.
Pets that are uncomfortable in cars or cages may become sick.
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­No matter how much or how little your pet enjoys riding in the car with you, carsickness can strike even the most well-traveled pet. Usually it's related to the motion of the car but anxiety about being confined or unfamiliarity with car rides can also contribute.

If this is your pet's first voyage, take a few short practice trips to see how things go before tackling a long ride. Allowing dogs a window view and fresh air can help animals adjust to the car's sensations. Keep meals small prior to the trip and limit foods a few hours before hitting the road. And just like with human companions, it never hurts to start a journey with an empty bladder. If you're on a long trip, be sure to stop frequently for snacking, stretching and bathroom breaks.

For pets prone to carsickness, there are remedies your vet can recommend to make things more comfortable. Don't forget to protect the car's interior with waterproof seat covers and pack a bucket of cleaning supplies.