Summer is here which means long rides to the cottage will be in full swing. Have you thought about how to safely travel with your dog?
Lets be clear, safe travel for your pet definitely does not include a ride in the bed of a pick up truck, nor half hanging out the car through an unrolled window. Owners beware, allowing your dogs to ride these way runs the risk of injury or death. Sudden braking can send your dog out of the vehicle or from the back to the front. Flying stones and debris can cause injury. Curious pups may see something that piques their interest resulting in them jumping ship.
Having smaller pets lose in your vehicle or sitting on your lap is hazardous as well. Accidents may ensue if you are distracted by your dog, your dog gets in the way of your vision or prevents proper access to mirrors, break and gas pedals or your steering wheel.
To make sure your pet is safe during car travel consider the following:
Buy a doggie seat belt so your dog is secure should you need to stop quickly.
1. Consider placing smaller dogs in a crate that can be buckled into place preventing them from getting under your feet or in your way.
2. If you vehicle doesn't have air conditioning plan for frequent stops and bring water along for both of you to drink!
3. For dogs that are anxious travellers consider speaking to your veterinarian about medication or herbal remedies to calm your dogs nerves on road trips.
4. Never leave your pet in your vehicle in the summer. Temperatures rise within minutes and may lead to heat stroke and death. If you can't stand being in there, neither can your dog!