Driving Home for Christmas? Top Tips from Anicare – Dublin Vets.


When travelling with dogs it is important to consider some of the following before starting out on your journey.

Read below some of Anicare Clontarf Veterinary Hospital’s Top Tips for Travel.

Keep your Dog Seated in the Car.

A free moving dog in the car can take your attention and even your eyes off the road This could easily lead to an accident or a close call. In the unfortunate event of an accident if your dog is not secure they can be thrown around the car and become a danger to you and even your fellow passangers.

Keep your dog in the Back Seat.

Airbags are designed to protect humans but can injury smaller things such as dogs.

Keep your Dog restrained in the Car.

It is recommended to properly restain your four legged compainion. There are a number of options available. Doggy seatbelts which can be used in conjunction with their collar and just click into the standard car seatbelt buckle. A car harness, very much similiar to the normal walking harnesses, except with a little more padding for comfort, the doggy seatbelt can also be attached to this for extra comfort. Even travelling cages are available, to fit in the back of a bigger car. Seperators are also available that are easily set up in the car to block off access to the front by an inquisitive traveller.

Rest Stops

When travelling on long journeys make sure to supply water and even rest stops when possible, to allow your dog an opportunity to stretch his legs and a bathroom break. Leave the window a little open to allow fresh air to circulate. However never leave it open fully or let your dog stick his head fully out the window as dust particles may lodge in his eyes, or they may attempt to jump out.

Travel Sickness

Some dogs suffer from travel sickness so post-poning their meal for a few hours and offering them food when you reach your destination might help. Thunder shirts or rescue remedies can help a more anxious dog to feel more safe and relaxed. In more severe cases most Dublin vets will recommend an anti nausea tablet. Any of our staff at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital or any of Anicare’s other Dublin Vet practices will be happy to advise you on this.

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