Making a move out of the neighbourhood, city or even the state, is a big deal for your furry friend. Travelling via car is sometimes the best option available as it means your pet gets to come along for the ride. Cats and dogs have very different reactions to being on the road to us. Here are our top tips for travelling with pets in a car.

Before you get in the car

Before you and Fido hop into the car there are a few things you need to consider. Pack everything you need to keep your pet safe and healthy on the drive. Here’s a list of things you’ll need to keep your pet comfortable:

  • Lead, collar and ID tags
    Your dog or cat is going to be unfamiliar with their new surroundings and in the case of them running away, they’re going to need to be identifiable.
  • Food and water
    A sufficient supply of food and water will keep your pet healthy and happy. Bring bowls to serve water and food and keep their dietary schedule the same as to avoid confusion and an upset stomach.
  • Restraints
    Whether you’re placing your pet in a crate or you’re restraining your dog with a harness, the appropriate equipment is essential for a safe car trip for your pet. In the case of using a crate, ensure your pet has enough room to sit, stand and turn around comfortably.
  • Towels and blankets
    Accidents can happen on the road so it’s best to come prepared with towels and blankets. These also provides a soft padding for your pet to sit on and protects the interior of your vehicle from fur.

Australian rules and regulations

Your dog might love to stick his head out the car window but the act can get you and your pooch into a lot of strife. Under Australian law, pets travelling in cars need to be properly restrained. Drivers in Australia can be fined and issued demerit points if their dog is in their lap, is causing loss of control of the vehicle, or if they are travelling with a dog unrestrained in the back of a ute. If a dog is injured because it was unrestrained, owners and drivers can face heavy fines and a jail sentence. The RSPCA can also issue fines under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Fines and rules differ between states and territories. For further information, check with your local Road Traffic Authority or equivalent.

On the road

If you’re planning on taking a long road trip, it’s important to take regular breaks to let your pet stretch their legs, hydrate and use the restroom. Let your pet drink water and have something to eat while they’re out of the car.

Consider the professionals

At Grace, we provide professional pet transportation services designed to keep your pet safe and happy during their travels. We can design an affordable transport option catered to the needs of your pet regardless of destination. For a complete list of our services, visit our pet relocation page.

We will create a tailored relocation plan that will take care of your beloved animal to make their journey safe, comfortable and stress-free.