Road Trip! Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Car

Ensuring your dog is properly restrained will make car travel safer.

Most dogs love traveling in the car with you.  However, allowing your exuberant dog to roam freely in the car can be very dangerous.  Ensuring your dog is properly restrained can keep you safe, eliminate distractions, and will also keep your furry traveling companion safe in the event of an accident.

The simplest product is a well-ventilated carrier or crate of the appropriate size for your dog. Be sure to secure the carrier, so the carrier and your dog do not get thrown about the car in case of accident, or should you have to brake sharply.

If you don’t have room for a crate or carrier, you can use a dog car seat.  These are usually elevated, allowing your dog to see out the windows, while still being restrained with the leash attachment.  Similarly, a dog seat belt/harness restraint is a specially-designed harness which attaches to the seat belt.  These allow your dog to sit, stand or lie down, but keeps him restrained in case of an accident.

Another option is a pet barrier.  These come in different sizes, and keep your pet restrained behind the rear seat.  You select the appropriate size for your car, and the device is usually held in place by tension rods.

Remember when traveling with your pet by car that you should never leave your pet unattended in a parked car.  Your parked car can quickly become dangerously hot for your dog, even on what seems like a cool day.

A little advance preparation can ensure you and your dog happy traveling together!

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