Traveling By Car With Your Pet
Securing the comfort of your pet isn’t easy when you travel by car. Perhaps you could use the following tips to make your little friend’s trip as comfortable as possible.
The front seat airbag can severely injure your pet, should you get involved in an accident. In addition, an unrestricted pet is surely going to get hurt or injure someone else in the car. Always restrain your pet in the rear seat or in a carrier secured by the seat belt.
Depending on your dog you may need different pet carrier sizes, pet carriers for dogs weighing under 30 pounds will have a different design to those for far larger dogs. So, choose one aptly.
Your cat or dog shouldn’t be allowed to roam freely inside the car. This can be dangerous for you, as well as for the animal. Cats who hate being in a car are a very serious threat to your safety, as they may try to escape, hurting or disturbing you in the process. Always use a carrier to transport your cat. Make sure you place it on the rear floor or strap it into a seat using a seat belt or a strap.
Never allow your dog travel with the head out of the window. He might find it cool, but he risks serious eye damage caused by dust, debris or flying insects.
Refrain from smoking while traveling with a pet, as the smoke may make it nauseous. The last thing you want is to see your dog throwing up while you can’t find a place to stop the car.
Don’t leave an animal unattended in the car on a hot day. Even a few minutes can kill him, as animals tend to dehydrate very quickly in such conditions. Hundreds of pets die every year because their owners have left them in the car.
Don’t allow an animal roam freely in the back of a pick-up. If you must transport them in the back of a pick-up, make sure you cage them and you tie the cage to the bed, in order to prevent it from moving around.
Consider buying a strong, yet soft safety harness. This accessory allows you to securely attach your pet during your travels. You should be able to find lots of attachments and harnesses that fit seat belts – just ask about that on your next visit to a pet shop or car accessory store. There are car manufacturers who offer such accessories as optional equipment.
Since you wouldn’t allow adults and children be your passengers without wearing seat belts, why would you allow animals to travel like this? If you value your pet and you care for its safety, consider applying the above tips and advice.
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