Travelling with your pets this festive season?

For pets, travelling in the car is the equivalent to putting a human on a roller coaster, so you need to make travelling in the car for your dog, cat or other pet as enjoyable as possible.

Pet Transport has sure come along
way in the last few years.

The first thing when it comes to pet car travel is safety. Unfortunately many pets die each year in car accidents because they are not properly restrained. The best way to restrain dogs is either through specially designed dog car harnesses which clip on to seatbelts or by using a pet transport container. Letting your dog stick her head out the car window is a no no!

Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals should be transported in a sturdy carry case or other purpose designed pet carrier. Birds can travel in their cage in the backseat with the seatbelt through the handle of the cage.

Make sure you cover the cage and empty out the food and water so they don't spill.

The first couple of times you put your pet in the car, pat it for a few minutes and then take it out. Don't reward them for fretting - if they do, just take them for a short walk and then try again.

If your expecting to drive for a few hours, be sure to prepare your pet before you go. Take your pet for a test drive. In the first 30 minutes, if your pet shows signs of fear, speak to your vet about a travel plan and make sure you take a break every half an hour and a long break every two hours.

The biggest cause of motion sickness in dogs and cats is not being able to see outside. Reduce motion sickness by letting them have a view and avoid feeding them too much or having too much water before travelling.