Bringing your pet on a road trip is nothing short of fun, especially if your pet can’t wait to hit the road. Nevertheless, there are important safety tips to keep in mind when you’re driving with pets, especially dogs and cats. Above all else, make sure your pet is comfortable and happy when you’re driving.
According to the American Humane Society, it’s a smart idea to take some short test trips before you commit to a longer road trip with a pet. Get your dog or other animal used to the experience and try to give your pet treats when they get in the car so they associate the vehicle with a positive experience. In some cases, your pet may get car sick, which may require special medicine to prevent nausea.
Be sure to get proper ID tags and update your microchip registration. In the event of an accident, it’s fairly common for pets to flee the scene. If they’re not identifiable, pets can get lost. This is also why it’s a good idea to buy restraints like a car carrier, pet seat belt, or barrier to keep your pet secure in the event of a collision.
Never allow your pet to stick their head out the window, as they might be struck by road debris. Wind can also irritate the mucous membranes in many dogs, so there can be negative secondary effects. You should also avoid putting dogs in the bed of a truck, as roughly 100,000 dogs die in accidents each year because they were in the back of a pickup.
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