Dog Car Safety

If you have a dog that you travel with on a regular basis, safety has probably never really crossed your mind. It is important to remember that a car is not necessarily the safest environment for a dog, however. Here are some of the things that you should know about dog car safety.

1. Never let your dog roam the car without being restrained. This can be very dangerous to you as a driver. What will you do if the dog jumps into your lap and blocks your view of the road? This is why it is important to purchase a dog car seat.

2. When traveling a long distance, it is important to make sure that your dog has done its business before entering the car. You will not want to have to clean up any accidents later on if they can be easily prevented by taking a simple walk before you leave home.  

3. Make sure that your dog is on a leash before getting out of the car. You will not want your dog to run into the road and get hit by a car or come across another dog that may attack him or her. Keep in mind that most areas do require dogs to be on leashes.

4. Keep in mind that is never a good idea to leave your dog in a car without any windows open. Although you will want to avoid doing this during any time of the year, it is especially important to make sure that you do not do it during the hotter months. Heat stress, suffocation, and even death can be the result of this mistake.

5. Always make sure that you have a bottle of water and bowl that your dog can drink from when going on a car ride. This is important during the hotter times of the year, but you will also want to make sure that you have water available even when it is colder. Dogs can get thirsty at random times, so you will want to be prepared.

6. Make sure that you keep your dog in the back seat rather than in the front. Although it may seem easier to put the dog in the front, it can be much more hazardous to her health. Since the airbags can hurt young children or smaller people when they sit in the front seat, imagine how dangerous it would be for your dog if it were to go off.

7. Pay attention to how your dog reacts in the car. Dogs which are extremely nervous may need to be patted or fed treats so that they know that they’re doing well.

8. Consider creating a little goody bag for your dog before leaving the house. Be sure to include a small baggy of food, treats, and some first aid items. Bandages, towels to clean up messes, and the medicine recommended by your dog can all be included.  

9. It is important to avoid feeding your dog for three hours before going on a car ride. Not only will this help prevent your dog from having any accidents during the ride, but it will also help ensure that motion sickness is not a problem.

10. Keep in mind that it is not a good idea to keep your dog cooped up in the car for too long. Taking breaks every two to three hours is important if you are traveling a far distance.