Summer means warm and sunny days, holidays, and frequent…road trips. So before you leave home, here are a few tips to make the journey more enjoyable for you and your furry companions.1) Seat belts aren’t just for humans
These days, many jurisdictions do not allows pets to be loose in vehicles. Whether or not the regulations require your pets to be contained, it’s a good idea to use some method of keeping the critters out of harms way and the driver distraction free.
One option is to use a harness; these usually have a loop that allow the seat belt to be fed through and secured. Harnesses typically allow some movement but prevent the dog from hopping in the the front seats (or in the case of an accident…from being ejected from the car).
An alternative to the harnesses is to use a barrier. These come in a variety of styles (wire, mesh, etc) and can be used in SUVs and more recently, styles are available for cars as well.
Pet carriers are also a great way to transport pets but depending on the style they may limit air flow making them warmer than the surrounding temperature.
2) Just like people…they need to stretch their legs too
You might be ambitious and want to drive around the clock to reach your destination but it’s important to take frequent rest stops. Just like humans they need to get out, take a bathroom break, and have a little walk.
3) Make sure your pets have ID
There have been many instances when someone has found a pet but the tags contained outdated information. Ensuring your pets are wearing tags with a current phone number is an easy step to increase the chances you will be reunited if your pets ever get lost. If your pets don’t have other identification such as a tattoo or microchip, now might be a good time to take that additional step.
4) Don’t forget the luggage
Beds, bowls, toys, and other items from home can help a pet adjust more quickly to their new surroundings.
5) Hot Stuff Baby…
There have been many campaigns to remind people that a hot sunny day means a vehicle’s interior temperature will rise rapidly (even with a light breeze outside). But even mild days (70F or 23C) can produce temperatures inside around 100F or 37C in just 10 minutes. Therefore, never leave your pet unattended in the car…regardless of the temperature outside.