The weather is warming up and summer time activities are in full swing. A lot of people enjoy taking their dogs out to partake in recreational activities during this time of year. Whenever traveling with your dog, there are extra precautions you should take to make your activities enjoyable for both of you!
It is important to remember to never leave your pet in the car any time of year, but especially in the summer. If you are traveling somewhere that your dog cannot accompany you every step of the way, your dog should be left at home. The temperature inside your vehicle can quickly rise high enough to cause your pet serious illness or even death. Simply cracking the windows does nothing to lower the temperature inside your vehicle.
Consider these other key pointers when taking your pet along for the ride:
- Make sure they are properly restrained. There are many pet seat belts and carriers available for your pet to travel safely and comfortably. If using a carrier, make sure that it is well ventilated and that your pet can sit, stand and lie down.
- Don’t let your dog put their face out of the car window. If your dog can put any part of their body out of the window they are not properly restrained. Allowing your dog to place their head out of the window puts them at risk for eye, ear, face and mouth injury from airborne objects. Additionally, your dog having any part of their body outside of the vehicle greatly increases their chances of being thrown from the vehicle in a collision.
- Make sure your pet has their proper identification whenever leaving the house. Always ensure that the information on their tags and collars is up to date.
- Have a travel kit for your pet that should include: travel papers, food, water, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication, a pet first aid kit, as well as any of your pet’s favorite toys or blankets.
If you have any questions or concerns about the best way to ensure car travel is safe and fun for your dog, please call us today!