Traveling With Your Pup

by | Lifestyle, Pets

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By Pat Blaney, Owner
Wagz ‘n Whiskerz Pet Sitting

 

There are just a few short weeks of summer left. Many families including their pets will be heading out on the road for one last adventure this Labor Day weekend. What can you do to make sure everyone in your car is as safe as possible?

 

Seat belt laws

Although it is the law for humans to wear seatbelts when driving or as passengers, dogs are not required to be secured in most states.  There are only 8 states that have a law that requires dogs must wear a harness and be seat belted or otherwise contained in the vehicle. (Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.)

 

Protect family and your pets

However, just as humans can be seriously injured in the event of an emergency stopping situation, so too, can your dog.  Here are some tips to keep your pup and your family safe during road trips.

 

Use a seatbelt

 

 

 

Use a properly-sized harness that clips to your vehicle’s seat belt to ensure your pup is secure in the back seat.  This will prevent her from sliding off the seat if you have to slam on the brakes or becoming a projectile if you are involved in a collision.  And never ride with your dog in the front seat.  Airbags are not designed to protect dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a crate

 

 

 

Use a crate to contain your dog in the back of your vehicle.  Not only does this keep your dog safe, you are less likely to be distracted by her while you are driving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep windows closed and locked

It truly looks like dogs enjoy putting their heads out of the window while you are driving down the road, ears and tongue flapping in the wind.  But your dog can be seriously injured by debris or another vehicle.  Your dog may see something that she absolutely must get to and could jump from your moving vehicle before you even realize what is happening. Go ahead and lock the windows just in case her paw happens to hit the controls.

 

DON’T

Never, never, never leave your dog alone in your car.  Temperatures in a closed vehicle can climb rapidly even on cloudy days.  Within minutes, conditions within a closed car (even if windows are open a bit) can become extremely dangerous for your dog causing serious health issues or even death.  North Carolina law prohibits leaving an animal in a confined vehicle when dangerous conditions are present. You could face charges for animal cruelty.

 

Keeping your pup safe while traveling in your car will make for a much happier road trip.

 

 

 

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