Pets Guide: By Road - In a Motor Vehicle

Unless you are planning a very short road trip, do not feed or water your pet for a couple of hours before leaving. You may decide to put your pet in a cage during the road trip, but be sure your pet is able to stand and turn around with ease and make sure there is adequate ventilation. The bottom of the crate should be padded with newspaper or other absorbent material.

Add a favorite toy on move day to give a sense of security. Exercise your pet regularly during the road trip and feed only once per day. Whilst exercising always use a leash. Remember this is strange territory to your furry friend and it can easily become lost if it wanders off. Also be sure to pack a pet travel bag.

Do not let your pet hang its head out the window while the vehicle is in motion. He may get sore eyes, ears or a sore throat and never let the windows down so much so that your pet can jump out.


Never leave a pet in a hot car during the summer time or in a cold car in the winter. If you absolutely have to and the day is hot, park in the shade, lock the car doors and crack the windows open for cross-ventilation. If the day is very hot, it is best not to leave your pet in the car at all. Check on your pets regularly if you must leave it alone for very long.