It’s inevitable if you’re a dog owner. Everyone has been through it at one time or another. You need to leave the house, and instead of leaving your dog alone in the house, you decide to take him along for the ride. You open up the back seat and let him hop right in; you’re not worried, you’re a safe enough driver. You’ve done it plenty of times, and it’s never caused a problem before. And isn’t it just so adorable when he pokes his head out the window to lick at the air as it pushes his face back?
Things like this seem harmless at the time, but they can actually be very dangerous. Not only can it be dangerous for your precious puppy, but for you, your family members and everyone else on the road around you. Every year thousands of pets become injured or die in motor vehicle accidents. Although a lot of these incidents are outside your range of control, many of them could have been prevented with simple safety precautions.
Here are a few tips to help keep you and your family – including your furry children – safe while on the road.
First, make sure that you take your pup for a check-up at the vet prior to your trip. If your pal needs any special medications, make sure that you take an ample supply with you for your journey. It’s also a good time to make sure that your furry friend is current on all his vaccinations, and that his medical records are current. If your dog is lost or injured on your trip, this information can prove vital.
Second, gather all of the appropriate documents and identification regarding your pet. You wouldn’t leave home without your driver’s license, so why would you leave your dog’s tags at home? Make sure that your pet’s collar comes with the most recent information for his health, home address, and your contact phone number in case of emergency.
Third, outfit your car with protective products. Thousands of pets every year have jumped, much to their owner’s surprise, from the window of a moving vehicle. The best way to travel with your pet is to keep them safely inside of a crate that’s seat belted in place, but we understand that’s not always possible. If your dog has to have free range of the back seat of your car, you can put up window barriers to prevent them from making the leap. You can also get barriers to keep them from trying to get into the front of the car.
If you have any questions or need suggestions for which products will work best for you, you can always consult with your veterinary professional. You can even ask them during your pre-travel appointment! We hope that these tips can help you and your pets travel in style and comfort.