When it comes to people’s pets, most people will agree that whether they have a cat, a dog or any other animal, they are like a part of the family. In fact, some people consider their pets such a big part of their family that they even take them on vacation with them, especially if it’s a car ride. However, what people don’t seem to consider is that there is a danger lurking just under the surface of a “safe” car ride. If you are taking a pet with you, follow these simple guidelines to keep them safe.
Well Ventilated Areas
If you plan on keeping the dog in a safe place, consider a well ventilated carrier. There are a variety of carriers available, just make sure that your pet can sit, lie down, and stand if they choose to do so.
If your car breaks down and you need a car repair, your animal should always stay in his or her carrier.
Leashes and Collars
Most cats won’t wear a leash, but if you have an animal in the car and you have him or her on a leash or even a collar, either take it off when you leave the car, or put it in a carrier. Animals can easily get attached by way of a collar or a leash on break peddles, steering wheels and more – and it can lead to strangulation.
Pet Traveling Kit
Consider taking: food, bowls, fresh water, leash, collar, medication, first aid kit for pets and even one of their favorite tots or pillows as a sense of security.
Get Them Ready
Some pets have never been in a long car ride, so ready them up by practicing with short drives and gradually upping the time per car ride.