The sight of a dog with his head out the window of a car is usually one of pure joy. Many pets enjoy taking trips around town and out on the open road, and taking your pet along on car rides is a fun activity to do together. Read on for tips to keep your pet safe during car rides.
Drive a car in good working order. It may seem obvious, but the first thing to keep in mind is whether or not your car is up for taking your pet for a ride. Cars in working order are best for pet car rides. Strong locks and windows that work keep your pet in the car, preventing them from escaping or falling out while you’re driving. A working temperature control system keeps your car cool during warm rides and warm during cold ones so your pet is comfy and healthy.
Use safety devices. Pet carriers, harnesses and gates help keep your pet contained in the car, keeping him or her safe. Free-roaming pets in a car can be distracting to the driver as well as unsafe for sudden stops. Confer with your veterinarian or check out sites like Pet Auto Safety to find a safety device that works best for you.
Keep your pet calm and comfy. Calm pets make the best travel companions for car rides. Make sure your pet is comfy in the car by getting him or her used to it prior to long rides. Place a mat or padding in his car riding area, and make sure you have water for him in portable water dishes. Consider covering the crates of nervous pet riders or giving them a holistic relaxant like Rescue Remedy for Pets just before you head out.
Keeping these tips in mind will keep your companion pets safe for car rides, long and short.