If youâ€™re considering taking the whole family â€“ including the furry members â€“ for a road trip, you must remember to take the appropriate safety precautions when transporting your pets.
Usually, a trip in the family car, long or short, can cause a great deal of â€œexcitementâ€ for some pets. This can become a dangerous distraction for the driver and dangerous for a rambunctious pet in a moving vehicle. Before setting out on a trip with your pet, be sure to follow these tips:
- Restrain your pet â€“ This is perhaps the most important tip because it keeps your pet from sitting in your lap or obstructing your vision. If you can, use a pet-specific seatbelt or a crate to keep your pet in one spot. If a seatbelt or crate is not available, try to travel with another person who can hold, distract, or otherwise keep your pet calm while you drive.
- Use a pet barrier â€“ For larger dogs that donâ€™t fit into a crate or seatbelt, barriers are available to fit your make of vehicle. These barriers will keep your dog out of your driving space and keep you from being distracted.
- Drive defensively â€“ Your pet will appreciate a smooth ride. Take turns carefully and avoid abrupt stops. Slow down and keep a close eye on the other cars driving around you.
Â Following these tips will help keep you and your pet safe on your next road trip or during your next visit to the vet!
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