Road tripping with our furry family members can be fun-But if you can’t take them with you when you hit your destination, please leave them at home. This summer of rain can be deceiving- it's still warm. It is dangerous to leave your pets in an enclosed vehicle. Cracking the windows does not provide enough air flow to keep your pet cool, and they can overheat rapidly. The temperature inside your car rises much faster than the outside and heat can quickly overwhelm your pet. If you see a pet in distress in a locked car, call for help. Heat stroke kills pets on an all too regular basis in the summer.
While we often think first of heat concerns, unrestricted movement of your pet in the car is also a serious concern. A frightened or anxious dog or cat may interfere with your driving and put you and others at risk as well as themselves--without seat belts, our pets are much more likely to be seriously injured in an accident. Confine smaller pets to carriers and use seatbelts to restrain the carriers. Work to socialize your pup early to sit in one location with a harness attached to a seat belt. Consider using a safety grille that will prevent them from jumping in the driver's seat while the car is in motion. Even the best trained pets can panic in a difficult situation--and if you are in an accident, it will help the emergency responders if your pet is properly restrained so they can't get loose and run off in a panic. Travel with your pet can be a joy--but take precautions and training time to make it a safe experience for all of you.