For many pet owners, warm weather means more outings with your pets. However, taking off with your furry friends requires some planning and preparation in advance. Here are a few tips to make traveling with your pets safe, easy and enjoyable!
Familiarize Your Car
If your pet does not have much experience with motor vehicles, it is a good idea to familiarize them prior to the actual trip. Let your pet walk around and inside car with the engine off. Take your pet out for short trips and gradually increase the length of drives as they grow more comfortable.
To make your pet feel more welcome and relaxed in the new environment, bring along his or her favorite toy, pillow or blanket for the ride.
Keep Your Pet in the Back
While you are driving, your pet should be kept in the back of your vehicle at all times. Utilize special pet leashes or transportation crates that can be properly buckled and secured to car seats. Both harnesses and carriers should act as an enclosure to keep animals safely in the back of the vehicle while allowing them sit, stand and lie down comfortably.
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Take Plenty of Breaks
Stopping to rest every two hours is as good for you as it is for your animal companion. Providing your pet with regular water and bathroom breaks will go a long way in preventing any unwanted accidents inside your Kia. Taking some time to exercise your pet is also encouraged to release any pent up energy.
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You can give your pet small snacks during breaks but be wary of overfeeding as a full stomach can lead to car sickness. It is best to feed your pet a full meal three or four hours before departure or once you have stopped driving for the day.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Always pack an extra bag for your pet. Items to consider bringing include: identification tags, pet first-aid kit and medication, towels or pre-moistened wipes, extra leash and collar, and an ample supply of food and treats. Bringing bottled water is also a good idea as tap water in some areas may cause an upset stomach.
Have access to your pet’s health documents in case of unforeseen and unprepared problems with your pet’s health. Adding a microchip to your animal companion prior to your trip may prove extremely helpful in the unfortunate event that he or she goes missing while on the road.
By being prepared and taking precautions, you and your pet are sure to have a fantastic time on the road. Kia loves to see photos and images of our fans traveling with their pets and we encourage them to share photos under the hashtag #KiaPet. Kia Mexico even features an exclusive digital gallery encouraging pet owners to submit and share adorable images of their furry friends..
Keep the above tips in mind for a road trip in your Kia with your pets this season and don’t forget to share your adventures with us!
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