Top 10 Tips for Safe Summer Pet Travel
According to AAA, more than 38 million Americans are expected to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, making this year’s holiday the second-highest on record for travel volume. With more people taking their pets with them during summer vacations, retailers can take the opportunity to offer important safety tips and outfit customers with the best gear for their family travels. Here are our top ten tips for getting your customers ready to go, including some key health and safety advice from BluePearl Veterinary Partners:
- Pets should never be left unattended in cars—the temperature inside can soar to 125 degrees in just a few minutes if it’s 85 degrees outside. As doctors from BluePearl said, this can quickly cause heatstroke in pets left in the vehicle.
- Pet owners should be well-equipped in the first aid department. Make sure your customers have all the products they might need to treat minor injuries, remove ticks and more while on the road.
- Check with customers planning a trip to make sure their pets’ heartworm and flea prevention medications are current, and that they have any other medication and medical documents packed and ready.
- Improve the odds of a lost pet being returned by asking about the pet’s identification tags—do they need new, updated tags, or a special set with on-the-road contact information?
- Make sure pets and family members will be safe and secure with harnesses and carriers made for car travel.
- Suggest collapsible, easily packable bowls for food and water for easy feeding on the go.
- Advise pet owners to identify the closest animal hospital to their destination ahead of time and have contact information on hand in case of emergency.
- Cats can be especially sensitive about traveling—offer pet parents a selection of products that will minimize the stress of bringing along their feline companion, including a carrier to keep the cat comfortable throughout the trip.
- Owners shouldn’t give pets a large meal before leaving, BluePearl vets advise. Plan for periodic snacking instead.
- Finally, ensure pet owners are well-equipped with waste pick-up and cleaning products for bathroom pit stops and in case of en route accidents.