Subscribe to Newsletter

Top tips when travelling with pets

With a pet ownership boom over Covid according to the Pets and Pandemic report by Animal Medicines Australia, there’s an estimated 30.4 million pets across the country, with 19% of all pet dogs and 24% of all pets cats obtained during the pandemic. As a result of this, there’s many first-time pet owners wanting to travel with their new four-legged additions over the holiday season.



RSPCA NSW Senior Manager of Outreach Programs, Dr Ann-Margret Withers, has put together the ultimate travelling with pets guide to keep your furry companions comfortable and safe during a family road trip.


Top tips when travelling with pets

  • Do a test drive pre-road trip so you can test how your pet will react in the car
  • If your pet gets car sick, go to your vet for a consult for medication
  • Ensure your pet is buckled up and wearing a harness in the car
  • Break up the road trip into smaller chunks to ease your pet in and to allow time for your pet to adjust
  • Allow for toilet breaks in between and ensure your pet is on their lead so they don’t run off 
  • Take your pet’s food, bowl, lead and medication with you
  • Ensure you are staying in pet-friendly accommodation
  • Once arrived at your destination, ensure fencing surrounding the property is secure
  • Be aware of pet restrictions at your travel destination
  • Ensure you have your pet’s name on their collar in case your pet gets lost
  • Ensure tick prevention is up to date especially when travelling by the coast - ticks are more prone in coastal areas
  • Check for ticks seven days after returning from your trip


Tips when leaving your pets behind at home

  • Ideally organise a responsible and trusted pet sitter who can stay at your home with your pet while you’re away - if this isn’t possible, organise a pet sitter to check in and care for your pet’s needs daily
  • Leave behind a detailed list including emergency contacts, contact details for your vet, emergency protocols, food, medication and instructions


Click here to read the latest issue of traveltalk Click here to read the latest issue of traveltalk
Published: 20 December 2021

comments powered by Disqus