What equipment should be used for transporting your pet?
Isabelle, 45 years old, is an accountant for a company in Luxembourg. A few years ago, she adopted Gnocchi, a Golden Retriever, from an animal shelter.
“In the beginning she wasn’t used to travelling by car and suffered from travel sickness. I covered the boot with bin bags and cardboard to protect the carpet. Fortunately, after 6 months, the travel sickness stopped. On our last holiday, we even went as far as the Alps without my dog getting sick! ”.
If like Isabelle, you’re travelling with a big dog, it would be appropriate for your dog to travel in the boot. Of course, it is recommended that you remove the rear parcel shelf and remove any luggage from the area. That way your dog has the option to stand up, watch the road or sleep peacefully. To ensure everyone’s safety, make sure that your dog is separated by a net or grid to prevent it from being thrown forward into the passenger compartment in the event of an accident.
Small and medium-sized dogs
Very small dogs can travel on the back seat of the car. It’s a good idea to invest in a protective cover that can be removed easily if you need to pick up passengers. Also, you can use a fastening system such as a travel harness (which are available in all sizes) or a short leash. Both can be attached to the safety belt.
Small dogs can also be placed in a transport case. If you place it on the back seat, make sure it is secured with a seat belt. Another option for more timid dogs is to place the pet carrier at the bottom of the seat. This has the advantage of masking their field of vision and can be less stressful for your pet.
Cats can travel without hesitation in a transport case or carrying bag (which should always be secured). The benefit of the bag is that it takes up less space when not in use.