Dog Car Safety Tips
Are you sure that your dog is car ready? Whether it’s mentally or physically prepared for a ride short or long. It may be just a short ride to the local park or whether you are going for a long cruise, dog’s safety is very important.
Never let your dog stick his head out of the window, while we may see it in the movies and it seems to be a harmless thing to do. On the minor side, your dog may get dirt into their eyes which may cause an injection to getting injured by flying debris or worse. Just remember, even a small rock can cause a serious injury when you are going over 60km/hr or higher.
It is more recommended to have a dog seat belt or car harnesses for your dog during car rides.
Do you know on the highway there is always a petrol station or a McDonald after every few KMs? That’s a rest break stop for drivers, just like humans, dogs also gets tired and always take breaks to stretch their legs once in awhile to prevent them from going completely crazy.
Lastly for safety, never leave your dog inside your vehicle unattended, such as you would never leave your child alone in a vehicle. Not only will it becomes unbearably hot for them, it may also escalate towards life-threatening levels resulting in the death of your dog.
Always be prepared for any sort of circumstances when you are taking your dogs on a ride, regardless whether it is a short or long cruise. Make sure you always bring along your usual necessities such as the following
- Collar or harness
- Medication (if applicable)
- Blanket or dog bed
- Brush and grooming items
- Toys and treats
- Makeshift/travel crate if needed
- Microchip and identify your pet
While having the above with you at all times, always remember to have some dog food and water for the obvious reasons and to make sure they are hydrated, cool, and comfortable. Further, you want to make sure his feeding times are constant even when traveling or in the case of travel plans going haywire. Don’t forget to always reward your dog at the end of the journey for making it.
Some dogs, just like humans may get Motion Sickness simply from car rides. Always be prepared, for the worse and never blame your dog if they do end up vomiting all over your car seats.