85 million people across America own pets. Many of those pet owners are dog owners.
And why not?
Dogs bring unwavering love into a household. They bring an aura of joy to everything they do. They are members of our families.
That’s why it’s important that you keep your furry family member safe whenever you’re traveling with them in a car.
Remember, millions of accidents take place on US roads every year. Practicing proper etiquette when taking your dog cross country or to your local veterinary clinic is imperative to ensure that they stay healthy and happy.
Below, our veterinary team shares 5 essential tips when transporting dogs in cars.
Ventilation is key when transporting a dog in a crate because lack of vents may make the temperatures significantly higher in the crate then when compared to the rest of your vehicle.
This can lead to your animal experiencing dehydration or heatstroke in transit.
Furthermore, your dog’s crate should be large enough so he or she can stand up, turn around, and lay down. This is particularly important for long road trips.
If you’re going to set out on a road trip with your dog, you’re going to want to first make sure he or she is comfortable in your vehicle.
Do this by taking short drives with them while replicating conditions similar to what they’re going to be dealing with on your longer trip. Once they seem comfortable, you can gradually up your test drive’s length until you feel they’re ready for the real thing.
If your dog is going to be seated in a rear passenger seat outside of a crate, consider investing in a car restraint. Car restraints are akin to short leashes that attach to a body harness.
In the event of an accident, the restraint will keep your dog from being severely displaced and can help avoid injury.
If you’re traveling across state lines you will want to be equipped with copies of your dog’s health records. Some states will want to ensure that your dog has received his/her rabies vaccination.
Even if you’re staying within the state, some hotels that are pet-friendly will also need to confirm your dog’s rabies status.
To be safe, keep paperwork accessible.
Thousands of people and animals die every year when left in hot cars. In many states, it’s a criminal offense to keep your animal trapped in a hot car.
Bottom line, just don’t do it. Even a few minutes in high temperatures can be fatal when transporting dogs in cars.
There you have it! 5 tips to make all of your transporting dogs in cars needs easier and safer.
Looking for more information on how to keep your dog healthy? Want a reliable veterinary partner that can help ensure your dog lives his or her best life?
If so, our team at All Pets Medical and Surgical Center can help.
Our Phillips Ranch, CA-based team offers everything from routine care, to emergency services, boarding, and beyond.