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Pet Travel Safety in the Car

Before You Go

Do a little research

Call to make sure your pet is welcome at your destination, and ask if there are policies you’ll need to follow. Also, find out if your pets are protected by your car insurance policy. With PD’s Pet Injury coverage, free with Comprehensive car insurance policies, we’ll pay your vet bills up to $1,000 if your dog or cat is hurt when you're in a car accident.

Get ID tags

Outfit your pets with up-to-date ID tags that include your mobile phone number, since you’ll be on the road. If there’s room, consider adding that you’ll offer a reward for their safe return, too.

Pack their bags

Bring cleaning supplies, a towel or pet bed, portable bowls, food and water, any medications, a pet first aid kit, and their favourite toys.

On the Road

Feed them early

To help prevent your pets from getting sick, feed them a couple of hours before you leave, not right before they get in the car.

Buckle up

Consider having your pets ride securely in a crate or wear a harness. And, don’t let them ride with their heads out of the window.

Don't leave them in the car

Just like people, dogs and cats are susceptible to heat stroke — even if it isn't that hot outside or the car windows are left open — and they can even be stolen. Make sure you know where your pet is at all times.

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