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Driving with Pets

18 Feb Blog | Comments

When your pet is traveling in the car with you, there are some extra steps you need to take in order to keep you both safe.

Securing Your Pet
Keeping your pet secure is important not only for their safety in case of an accident, but in order to keep your curious friend from climbing into your lap or otherwise getting into trouble while you’re driving. A loose pet can be both a safety hazard and a big distraction to the driver.

One of the safest ways to travel with a pet is to use a crate. There are both hard crates and soft carrying cases for your pet. Choose a crate just large enough for your pet to walk in and turn around. You don’t want it to be uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be too large. Cat carriers are often the perfect size for cats whereas a right-sized crate or carrier for your dog will work nicely for him. An alternative to a crate is a dog harness or dog seatbelt. This attaches to the seatbelt in your car and will hold your dog in place during the trip.

Planning for Long Trips
When your pet is with you for a longer road trip, frequent stops become increasingly important. Many rest areas will have special areas designated for walking your dog. You should also give your pet fresh water when you stop. If your pet is nervous about long trips, put a blanket that he’s slept in before in his crate or in the car with him. A favorite toy or periodic treats at rest stops as you travel can also help to reinforce that the car is not a bad place.

Additional Safety Tips
Don’t leave your pet along in the car when you stop. Regardless of the weather, the car can quickly become an uncomfortable place without ventilation. You should also never try to feed your pet in a moving vehicle, feed a meal before getting into the car and wait until you stop to feed your pet during long trips. It’s just too easy for a pet to choke in a moving car. While you may often see dogs traveling with their head out the car window, this really is not safe for the animal. It’s too easy for them to get excited by something they see and lunge out, or get caught in the window in case of a sudden stop.

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