The Ultimate Tips for Traveling with a Pet in the Car Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Traveling the highways and byways of your country with your favorite pet at your side can be an exciting and fun adventure. Take our quiz and learn how to enjoy a road trip with your favorite pet.

What is a basic consideration that you need to take care of when you are planning to travel with a pet?

Since no standard exists on pet acceptance at hotels or motels across the country or around the world, it is wise to phone ahead to ensure pets are allowed. Take time to check with each place you plan to stay or visit along the way.


What percentage of Americans typically take pets along when they travel?

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, 53 percent of Americans head out on the road every with their pets joining them for the trip. This statistic represents a huge number of cars containing a dog or cat.


How many Americans owned dogs according to statistics compiled at the end of 2009?

According to Humane Society of the United States, 77.5 million Americans were dog owners at the end of 2009. There were also approximately 93.6 million cats owned in the United States.


Most of us buckle up our families when we travel for a good reason. How many auto accidents occurred in 2005 in the U.S.?

There were 6.5 million auto accidents in the U.S. in 2005, in which almost 3 million were injured and more than 40,000 were killed. The volume of accidents presents a good argument for buckling up everyone -- including your pet.


What is a most common occurrence when traveling with your pet in a car?

The most common occurrence when traveling with animals is carsickness, although it is common for dogs and cats to suffer from diarrhea as well. Even the most well traveled dog or cat can suddenly become carsick without any warning.


What is a great way to reduce chances of a dog that is unfamiliar with car travel becoming carsick?

Take some short trips first before setting out on a long journey and allow your dog to sit by a window that is opened a small amount to supply fresh air. Use drugs as a last resort for pets. Even though they have been proven effective, it is best to resort to drugs only for a pet with a chronic carsickness problem.


What is a basic rule of thumb when traveling with a pet that no owner should ignore?

Remember not you or anyone else wants to make an accidental discovery of animal feces, so make sure you always carry bags and scoop your pet's poop. Also, make sure you take along your pet’s immunization records and certificates.


Prior to New York City passing a bylaw in 1978 forcing owners to pick up after their dogs, how many pounds of dog poop were deposited along their sidewalks annually?

Prior to the mandatory scoop-the-poop bylaws in New York City, about 40 million pounds (18 million kilos) of dog doo was left deposited on the sidewalks.


When you travel by car with your pet, always make sure that:

You always need to put a leash on your dog before you take it out of your car. Most animals, especially dogs, will try to take off at full speed as soon as their paws hit the ground.


What is a wise thing to do with your pet regardless of whether you plan to take them in your car or not?

Make sure to have your pet implanted with a microchip and that it has a current ID tag attached to the collar. Remember to keep your pet’s microchip record up to date when you relocate or change details such as telephone numbers.


About how many dogs are estimated to die each year because they were riding in the bed of a pickup truck?

According to the Humane Society of Utah, as many as 100,000 dogs die each year because they were riding in the uncovered bed of a pickup truck. Deaths usually occur when dogs fly out during an accident, fall out accidently or slide out of an open tailgate.


Where should dogs be sitting or lying when they are traveling in your car?

Dogs should always be riding in the back seat and properly restrained in an appropriate harness. Never have a dog ride in the front seat. In an accident airbags deploy at 200 mph (321 kph) and are just as dangerous to pets as they are to children.


What is a law that you may have problems with in some states if you travel with a dog breed or mix that has a history of being bred for fighting and aggression?

Breed-specific pet laws, often known as breed-specific legislation (BSL), were enacted to protect people against traditionally aggressive canine breeds. Most often included are Rottweilers, Doberman pinchers, pit bulls and any mixed breed derived from one of these dogs.


How many states require that your dog must be harnessed to a seat restraint when traveling in any car or truck?

According to, 25 states in the U.S. now have laws in place that require you to put your pet in a restraint when it is traveling with you in a car. Safety of car occupants and accident prevention are the prime motivators for pet restraint laws.


How long do rabies shots adequately protect your pet before they must have a booster shot?

Rabies shots remain current from one to four years, depending on the type of vaccine your vet uses. Your veterinary professional will provide you with a certificate that certifies the vaccination date, type of vaccine used and a date when a booster will be required, you should be aware that international travel destinations may not accept vaccination periods greater than one year.


What mode of car travel do most cats prefer and is likely the best method regardless?

Cats typically to travel best in a small crate or approved travel case that is placed in the back seat. Make sure to let your cat become familiar with the crate by leaving it around for a few days and, if they have never traveled in one before, let them try it for a short trip.


What is the best way to manage feeding of your pet during the road trip?

You should never feed your pet any less than four hours before you start a trip, give water only less than four hours before starting out and during the trip. If you must feed a pet during a trip, do so only at rest stops and allow digestion time before starting out again.


What is a dangerous practice when traveling with a dog that many people are unaware of?

It might seem fun to let your dog hang its head out the window, but according to the ASPCA, this practice is dangerous. Your dog could be hit by flying objects, and the wind and cold air can cause inner-ear damage and lung infections.


On a warm day, what temperature can your cars interior soar to in only a few minutes even with an open window?

According to the Humane Society, you should always park your car in the shade and never leave a pet or child alone in a parked vehicle. On a warm day, the temperature in your car can rise to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) in minutes, even with the window open.


What is one final thing that you should always do when you travel with a pet in the car?

You should take frequent pit stops and breaks, when you get everyone including pets out of the car for some fun and exercise. Also, take along a pet clean up kit with a bucket, paper towels, plastic bags, a multipurpose cleaner and pet nail clippers.


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