They are our best friends. Heck, more than that, they’re family! It’s our pets, and more and more often, we take them where ever we go! That being said, what are the best tips for pet safety in your car?
Believe it or not, traveling around town or long trips can be stressful for your pet. That is why before you even put your pet in the car, plan ahead. Make sure they are safely restrained. It is for the benefit of both you and your pet. Place them in a carrier with plenty of ventilation and a view of a window. This will help your pet avoid car sickness or getting too hot. It is also the best in case you get into a collision. Depending on the animal, like dogs, you can find online seat belt restraint systems designed to hold a carrier in place.
We all know that pets, especially dogs, love to stick their head out an open window when you drive. However, don’t let them do it!! For one thing, it is a distraction for both you and other drivers on the road. Secondly, depending on where you are driving, your pet could potentially be hit in the head by a stationary object or another car. Not good.
Before you hit the road, especially for long trips, try to feed your pet. Do this at least an hour or two prior to your trip. This will help settle your pet down a little in the car. Plan rest stop breaks when it’s feeding time and give everybody a chance to stretch their legs and use the bathroom.
Like you prepare a travel kit, you should do the same for your pet. Your companion needs certain things while they are on the road. In addition to snacks and water, you should include in your “pet pack”, a leash, ID tag, waste scooper and bags or travel litter box, pet toys, recent photo of your pet, a pet first aid kit (including meds), and vaccination records.
This next item is a “no brainer.” It applies for both short and long trips. Never leave your pet in a parked car alone! Leaving a pet alone in a parked car is scary for them and hazardous for their health! Always make sure that your pet can stay with you as you travel, and/or make sure you go to pet friendly places.
Finally, take some practice runs with your pet. Get then used to the feel of the road and gradually extend time spent in the car, especially if you are planning long trips. Also, give your pet a chance to adjust to the car carrier at home.
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