Pet Safety While Traveling
If a pet disturbance causes you to be in a car accident, it’s a violation covered under distracted driving laws in almost every state. These regulations are written to cover both humans and pets. Cesarsway.com provides these tips for keeping your dog safe in the car:
• Use crash-tested crates
Crates are the best option to ensure your dog’s safety when traveling, especially in your car. Make sure to select the right size crate for your dog. It’s also critical to choose safety-certified, crash-tested crates.
• Give your dogs — and Yourself — a Break
Traveling with a dog is a little bit like traveling with a child. Even if you can push yourself to keep going for hours on end to arrive at your destination faster, dogs have different needs. Expect to stop every two or three hours to let them get out, stretch their legs, and do their business. And while you’re at it, enjoy the break. Even if you can keep going, that doesn’t mean you should. People weren’t meant to be driving in a car for 12 hours straight.
• Turn off power windows
If you have a car with power windows, it’s quite easy for your dog to accidentally open them with a simple press of the paw. Also, overexcited dogs have been known to jump out of moving vehicles, and simply taking a wrong step could lead to the window being closed on their neck and choking them.
• Bring water and a bowl
Dogs need regular access to water. This is vital on a longer road trip, but even if you’re just headed out to the store, it’s smart to bring along. You never know what might happen.
More details may be found at: www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/travel/safe-ways-to-transport-your-dog-in-your-car