by Katherine Khoo May 05, 2023 5 min read

Travelling with pets can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to take extra precautions when you’re on the road. Whether you’re taking a short 10-minute drive to the park or a 4-hour long road trip round the island, pet travel safety should be a top priority. Here are some pet travel safety tips to help keep your furry kids safe and comfortable.

Pet Safety During Car Travels

Use a pet carrier or restraint system

One of the safest ways to travel with your pup in the car is to use a pet carrier or restraint system. A carrier provides a secure and comfortable space for your dog during travel, while a restraint system helps prevent your pup from moving around and getting injured in case of a sudden stop or accident. A restraining system can be a dog car seat belt that may come with a dog car harness or a pet car seat like this Nandog Pet Gear Quilted Micro Plush Light Grey Car Seat Bed. Be sure to choose a carrier or restraint system that is appropriate for your dog’s size and weight.

If using a pet carrier, make sure it is well-ventilated and has secure latches. Place the pet carrier on the floor behind the front seat or on the back seat, and secure it with a seatbelt or other restraint system. Most dog carriers come with special openings for car safety belts but do check before making a purchase. Take note that not all dog carriers are approved by IATA (International Air Transport Association) for air travels. So, if you intend to get a carrier that is also approved for air travels, check out this Stefanplast Gulliver 4 IATA Approved Dog Carrier.

It is not recommended to let your dog sit in the front seat for safety reasons. In case of a sudden stop or accident, airbags can cause serious injury or even death to pets sitting in the front seat.  

Pet Safety During Car Travels

Train your dog for car travel

If your pup is not used to travelling, it’s a good idea to train them before your trip. Practise putting them in the carrier or restraint system and take short car rides around the neighbourhood. Gradually increase the length of the trips over time. You can also reward your pet with treats or praise to make the experience more positive.

Some dogs may experience motion sickness during car rides. Puppies are more likely than adult dogs to get sick in the car, but many will grow out of their motion sickness as they mature. If your dog is prone to motion sickness, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions such as medication or natural remedies. Here are some suggestions to help ease your pup’s motion sickness:

Pet Safety During Car Travels

Pack for your pet

For longer road trips, make sure you pack all the essentials for your pup including food, water, pet wipes, poop bags and medications (if applicable). Bring familiar items like a favourite toy or blanket to help your dog feel more comfortable. It’s also a good idea to pack a first-aid kit for your pet in case of emergencies. So, carry a first-aid kit and know the location of veterinary clinics or animal hospitals along your route. At the very basic, you’ll want to prepare these items for the road trip:

  • Gauze pads and bandages: These can be used to cover wounds and stop bleeding.
  • Adhesive tape: This can be used to secure bandages and gauze pads.
  • Scissor: For cutting gauze pads, bandages, and tape.
  • Tweezers: For removing splinters or ticks.
  • Antiseptic wipes or solution: To clean and disinfect wounds.
  • Disposable gloves: To protect yourself when treating your dog.
  • Eye wash: To flush out any debris or irritants from your dog's eyes.
  • Paw balm or salve: To soothe and protect your dog's paw pads from rough terrain.  

Pet Safety During Car Travels

Make frequent stops

When embarking on a long road trip with your pup, it's important to prioritise their comfort and safety. One of the most important things you can do is to make frequent stops along the way. This not only allows your pet to stretch their legs and relieve themselves, but it also helps to prevent them from getting restless or anxious during a long car ride. It's recommended to stop every two hours to give your pup a break.

When making these stops, never leave your dog alone in a hot car. Even if the weather seems mild, temperatures inside a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels, putting your dog at risk of heat stroke and even death. If you have to leave the car for a brief duration, take turns with a travel companion to watch over them in the car.

Please be aware that it is illegal to leave your dog (or any animal) unattended in a vehicle in Singapore. The Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) of Singapore has strict regulations in place to protect the welfare of animals, including dogs. According to Section 41C of the Animals and Birds Act, one must not abandon the animal, or cause or permit the animal to be abandoned, whether permanently or temporarily, without reasonable cause or excuse. Any person who is found guilty may face a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months.

Leaving a dog in a car, even for a short period of time, can be dangerous, as temperatures inside a car can rise rapidly and cause heat stroke or dehydration. In addition to being illegal, it's also considered cruel and inhumane to leave a dog unattended in a car, especially in Singapore's tropical climate.  

Pet Safety During Car Travels

Monitor your pet’s behaviour

During travel, it’s important to monitor your pet’s behaviour. If they seem anxious or uncomfortable, try to provide reassurance and comfort. If your pet shows signs of illness or distress, seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Also, be aware of your pet’s physical needs and make sure to stop for breaks as needed.

Pet travel safety is an important consideration for any trip with your furry kids. When travelling by car, use a pet carrier or restraint system and secure it in the car. Train your pup to be comfortable with the carrier or restraint system and get him used to travelling short distances before embarking on a long journey. Pack appropriately, make frequent stops, and monitor your pet’s behaviour throughout the travels. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies and don’t neglect to pack a first-aid kit. By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for both you and your pet.  








Katherine Khoo
Katherine is a Pet Nutrition Specialist and GDP’s Pet Wellness Advisor. She is committed to helping pet owners make informed dietary and lifestyle choices in nurturing healthy pets. Katherine is also a practicing Nutritional Therapist (human nutrition) and has been helping hundreds of clients to heal naturally with nutrients.

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