Most dogs enjoy going for a car ride, and they can be a great companion when you’re on the road. That being said, it’s important that you keep your dog’s safety in mind while traveling. Here are a few tips to help you do just that!
Secure your pet. Make sure your dog has a safety harness, so if you have to stop suddenly or are in an accident their not thrown about in the vehicle. If their traveling in a cage in the rear of your SUV the cage itself should be secured for the same reason.
Keep them hydrated. Dogs are notorious for hanging out car windows, but they get dehydrated just like people do. Always have fresh water on hand for your dog. If your vehicle has a cup holder you can place a big plastic cup of water there so your dog can drink whenever she wants.
Don’t forget break times. Just like little kids, dogs need to take frequent potty breaks when their traveling. Plan to stop often and walk your dog for 10 to 15 minutes to keep him content.
Don’t leave your pet unattended. We’re not talking about a quick run to use the facilities when you stop at a rest area; we mean leaving Fido in the car for an extended period of time. This is especially important in the summer, when cars can heat quickly and pets can die from overheating.
If your dog has anxiety problems when you take her in the car, check with your vet and see if there’s a medication to calm her if you’re planning a long trip. For short trips, her favorite blanket and a few toys will probably do the trick.
If yor dog has long hair or sheds a lot, it’s a good idea to cover your car seats with an old blanket before you travel. This will keep the hair problem to a minimum, and you should be able to clean it up with a quick vacuuming after the trip.
Happy travels to you and your best friend!