More than three in five Americans have at least one pet in their household. What’s more, nearly all pet owners consider their pets to be members of the family. So, as a member of the family, we take our pets everywhere! Whether it's a quick run to the dog park, or a family trip across the country, you need to be safe when traveling with your furry friend. Here are some tips to avoid disaster:
- Whether you are going on a road trip or not, always be sure your pet has an ID tag. This way, should it get separated from the family, it will be easier for someone to locate you.
- NEVER leave a pet unattended in the car, even with the windows cracked. Whether it is hot or cold outside, temperatures can become dangerous very quickly in a confined space.
- Be sure to properly restrain your pet. If you own a cat, never allow it to roam freely in your vehicle - it could get tangled under the driver’s feet!
- Do not allow dogs to stick their head out of the window. The wind can cause dirt and debris to go into their eyes, ears, and nose and cause damage.
- Never allow pets in the bed of a truck, or open topped vehicle. The American Humane Association estimates that "at least 100,000 dogs die in accidents each year because they were riding in truck beds.”
- Before heading out on a big road trip, take your pet for a few short trips beforehand to get comfortable.
- Have a supply of food and water for the trip, but don’t allow them to overeat or drink. Be sure to stop for exercise every few hours.
Taking your pets on a road trip can be fun for both you and them! Keep these simple tips in mind to avoid a disaster.
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