Pet travel hazards and safety tips revealed


BREA, Calif., April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –Every year a huge number of pets go with their families in the midst of a furlough, and with summer drawing closer, Across the country reminds pet darlings that the way to safe goes for our textured relatives is readiness. A year ago, Across the nation, individuals spent more than $36 million to treat the most widely recognized travel-related pet wounds and ailments influencing pooches and felines.


The nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance analyzed its database of more than 750,000 insured pets to determine the most common travel-related medical conditions. Below are the results:  

Injury/IllnessTravel-Related IncidentAverage Cost for 
 Vomiting or DiarrheaMotion sickness in vehicle or 
Heat strokeExposure to hot temperatures$906
 Bruising or ContusionSudden vehicle stops$248
SprainJumping in and out of vehicle$220
Foreign object in nasal 
Inhaling debris while head 
sticking out of the window
Laceration or puncture 
Hit with debris, sudden stops, 
jumping in and out of vehicle
Debris in eyeHit by debris in eye while head 
sticking out of the window

Nationwide encourages pet owners to plan ahead and consider these travel tips to ensure that their dogs and cats are safe during vacation excursions:

  • Pack a recent photo of your pet along with current vaccination records. If your pet becomes lost, having a photograph will make the search easier.
  • Feed your pet a smaller meal before your trip to prevent an upset stomach. Also remember to carry plenty of water to prevent dehydration and offer it at regular intervals. If your pet has severe motion sickness, talk to your veterinarian about medication that can help.
  • Book a pet-friendly hotel. With more than 25,000 hotels in the U.S. allowing pets, there are plenty of properties from which to choose. Don’t assume all pets will be allowed, though as some hotels place limits on the size of the dogs they allow. Call ahead to check that your dog will be welcomed.
  • If traveling by car, secure your pet with a safety harness or a secured, well-ventilated carrier to restrain them in case of a sudden stop or accident. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.
  • Never allow your pet hang out the window. Opening the window just a few inches will allow your pet to enjoy the breeze safely without the risk of inhaling debris or being struck by any objects. This will also prevent any temptation your pet may have of jumping out of the car.
  • Bring one or two of your pets’ toys to accompany them during travel. The familiar smells can help comfort your pet and keep them occupied during the trip.
  • Be exceptionally careful about leaving a pet in a car, even for short periods of time. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures in a car can increase drastically.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times in case he or she becomes separated or lost. Verify that your pet’s ID tag is up-to-date, durable, and includes your mobile phone number. A microchip is an important addition: it can reunite you with your pet even if a collar and tag are lost or removed, but only if you keep your information current.

“Going with our pets can be fun, however, it’s essential to find a way to guarantee they are protected and agreeable,” said Hymn McConnell, DVM, MBA, VP and boss veterinary therapeutic officer for Across the nation. “I suggest booking a pre-trip meeting with your veterinarian to affirm that your pet is healthy and that inoculations are current. On the off chance that your schedule incorporates air travel, approach your veterinarian for a formal pet wellbeing authentication which is required by business carriers and pursues aircraft and FAA rules for your pet’s security.”

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 750,000 insured pets, Nationwide is the first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the United States. Nationwide pet health insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2017); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2017). Agency of Record: DVM Insurance Agency.  Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

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