How To Transport Pets


When you travel with pets it's important you transport them in a careful manner for their own safety and for the safety of others. With so many parties to attend, I am forever travelling up and down the country with my animals, and all it really takes is good planning and diligent driving. You wouldn't drive recklessly with children in the back of your vehicle – so pets should be treated no differently.

Here are some guidelines on how to safely travel with your pets:

No pet should be allowed to run free

This is one of the most important rules for safely travelling with your pet, no matter what species your pet is.

There are a number of reasons why a pet should not be allowed free roaming of your vehicle:

  • Abrupt environment changes;
  • Sudden braking;
  • Wind noise;
  • Kids playing;
  • Loud and unexpected noises from outside the vehicle.

They can also get in your line of vision or prevent you from controlling the car in other ways putting you at risk of an accident.


Pet birds should be transported in a carry cage or a small house cage; ideally the cage should be covered with a light cloth. Alternatively, you can transport your bird in a small cardboard box with ventilation holes.

Remove water for the duration of the journey so that it doesn't slosh around and ensure to stop occasionally to provide water for the bird on long journeys.

The cage should not be placed in direct sunlight and don't have the air conditioning on too low to avoid the bird getting a draft or becoming overheated.


Ideally you should transport your fish in a clean plastic container with a lid that is large enough to provide sufficient levels of oxygen. It is important that the container you use has never contained any chemicals.


Snakes are best transported in insulated boxes with click-shut lids. The box should contain substrate to allow the snake to grip. The temperature in the car should be kept at a reasonable level avoiding too much sunlight and drafts.

Frogs and amphibians

Frogs should be carried in an opaque plastic container with humidity maintained through a damp paper towel placed in the bottom of the container.

Rabbits and small mammals

Commercial pet carriers are available that allow for the safe transportation of rabbits and small animals like mice, guinea pigs, rats and hamsters.

The animal should be made to feel secure by placing a small box inside the carrier so they have somewhere to hide.

Secure the carrier

All carriers should be secured using seat belts.

Carriers should not be placed on the front passenger seat.