1. Avoid Having Your Pet Sit on your Lap
Driving with your pet on your lap can be extremely dangerous. While it may look cute, it can be considered a distraction. Your pet may not sit entirely still for the duration of the drive and could potentially block your view of the road. This can also put them at risk from being thrown into the front windshield if there is a collision or be hurt from the pressure of an airbag.
2. Pet Crate or Carriers
The safest way for your pet to travel in the car is to be put into a crate or carrier in the backseat that will securely stay in place. This can provide your pet with protection in the event of an auto collision. There are a variety of crates and carriers available for you to choose from. Make sure you select one that has enough ventilation and room for your pet to turn and stretch. Alternatively, there are also pet seat belts and harnesses available, which might provide more comfort to your furry friend.
3. Get Them Used to the Car
Most dogs enjoy car rides but there are the occasional instances whether from too much excitement or feeling anxious that can cause motion sickness. To help prevent this, you can take your pet for short car rides to get them used to a moving vehicle and the noises that come along with it. Help associate car rides with positive experiences such as going to the dog park rather than a visit to the vet. This can ease stress and uncertainty dogs may have when it comes to cars. When driving with your pup, make sure you feed them about three to four hours ahead of time and are able to identify any symptoms of your dog becoming sick such as drooling, yawning repeatedly and whining.
4. Take Breaks on Long Drives
Just like us, pets could use a break on long drives to stretch, do their business and have some water. Breaks can also provide them with a chance to lighten their mood as they can sniff at new smells in the area and enjoy the sunny outdoors. Ideally, after every two hours in the car is a good time to give you and your pet a break.
5. Be Aware of the Temperature
The inside of a vehicle can heat up quickly during the summer. Be sure to provide comfort and relief for your furry family members by having the air conditioner on or opening up the windows a bit. If you have any passengers in the car with you during long drives, they can help keep an eye on your pet and give them water if they seem dehydrated or nauseous.
6. Parked Car
Even if you are running errands or will be back in a few minutes, do not leave your pet in a hot parked car. Animals don’t sweat the same way humans do and the heat will catch up to them much more quickly. Leaving the windows open or parking in the shade won’t help much either. It’s best to leave them outside with another passenger or don’t take them with you during these type of car trips.
7. No Head Out the Window
While most dogs enjoy sticking their head out the window and feel the breeze brush past them and smell the surroundings, it can possibly become a harmful habit. Dirt and road debris can fly at them and get into their eyes while the rapid speed of the wind can harm your dog’s ears. Plus, in the event of a collision, your pup could have the potential to sustain some serious injuries.
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These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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