Your furry friend is as important as any family member if you are like most people. Your pet will most likely be in your car at some point. It could be a short trip to the vet, a dog park, a long road trip, a vacation, or just because. While you love your pet and want them to feel safe and happy while driving, did you know that auto accidents cause thousands of deaths yearly? Understanding how to ensure your pet’s safety in the car is crucial. This can save their lives. This blog will discuss the top five safety tips for cats and dogs.
PETS CAUSE DRIVING ACCIDENTS
Animals moving while a car is moving is the third most distracting factor for drivers, after children and cell phones.
TOP CAR SAFETY TIPS for DOGS AND CATS
#1: Keep Your Dog in a Well-Ventilated Carrier Regardless of how short your ride may be, it is important to buckle your dog into a safety restraint. These harnesses attach to your vehicle’s belt buckle. You can consult your vet or research to find the best harness for your dog. A properly fitted harness will ensure your pup is comfortable and safe while riding in your car. There are many options to ensure your dog is comfortable while traveling. Some harnesses restrict your pet’s ability to sit upright, while others allow you to move around more easily, such as when they are in the car for extended periods.
Smaller dogs and cats should be kept in a well-ventilated carrier. Plastic carriers are the best and most secure. They should be placed on the back seat floor if possible.
#2 – The Backseat – Airbags are designed for human safety, not your pet’s safety. The backseat is the best place for your cat or dog to be. An airbag deployed could injure or crush a small dog or cat. Cutting the lingual artery can also cause severe bleeding in larger dogs. Your pets won’t be safe even in a carrier because airbags can cause damage to some carriers and crates. You can keep your furry friend safe on the road by placing them in the back seat or on the ground behind the passenger or driver.
It would be best if you did not allow your pet to ride on the truck’s back without restraint. Your pet’s safety is at risk if they get into an accident. The truck’s uneven bed can also cause injury.
#3 Never leave your dog unattended in your car: No matter if you are running to the store or going to the bathroom, and you should never leave your pet alone in your car. Even though it is mild outside, car heat can quickly build up. Caring for your pet can cause brain damage, death, or organ failure.
#4 Get Your Pet Ready for a Long Trip: Before you embark on your long journey, introduce your pet to cars and take them on short walks around your neighborhood. You can also prepare a pet-travel kit with the following items:
- WASTE SCOOP
- VACCINATION RECORDS (COPY)
- SUPPLIES FOR FIRST AID
- LITTER BOX (CATS).
You can bring along their favorite blanket or toy to make your pet feel more at ease. To avoid nausea, make sure your pet is fed at least four hours before you leave for travel.
#5 Have Identification For Your Pet: Travelling can be stressful for many animals. If your pet escapes, it is important to have easily-identifiable markings. This will help you to find them if they are lost. Your vet can perform micro-chipping before you travel. This is the most secure form of identification, and it is also very easy. To ensure that they can be returned to you easily if found, you should have a collar with your mobile number and your pet’s name.