Saturday, January 12, 2013



More and more these days, man's best friend is also becoming man's traveling companion.
According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers' Association, 84% of pet owners
admit to bringing furry friends along for the ride when they drive.
Traveling with your four legged friend can cost you the price of a second seat or more
via commercial modes of transportation and pets aren't always welcome.
So, for those who can't bear not to be with their pets there's the family car.

Dogs are usually the companion of choice when taking a road trip.
But it's a bad idea to assume your pet can just ride along problem free.
First consider if your pet is up for the ride. Just as he had to adapt to living in your
home and becoming part of your family, he has to do the same in the car.
Dogs like people can suffer from motion sickness and all that comes with it.
So before taking pets on long trips, start out small with
car rides through the neighborhood and build from there.


Allowing your pet to roam free in a moving vehicle can be a hazard to his health
and yours. In a crash situation, animals just like any other loose
items in the car, become flying projectiles. Their body weight, coupled with the speed of travel and
strength of impact can turn fido into a giant torpedo.
Nowadays there are car seats and harnesses to keep your pet, who may be like your child
just as safe. To encourage motorists who insist on driving with their pets safe,
California has outlawed the practice of driving while holding a animals in your lap.
As for cats, their curious nature makes them highly likely to squirm into dangerous
places while a vehicle is in motion. Some place like under your feet as you try to
control the gas and brake pedals. Feline friends should always ride in a, contained in a crate or cage.
It's also a good idea to position your pets far away from airbags.  Like children, the impact of the airbag deploying
can have lethal consequences.


Once on the road it is strongly recommended that you bring plenty of water, food
and dish for your pet to eat and drink from.  The places along your route
may not be equipped to accommodate your pet. And leaving  pets alone in a car
is never the way to go. Plan to stop frequently to allow your pet to relieve himself along the way.
Keep your pet on a leash at all times and it's a good idea to make sure he's wearing a collar
with your updated contact information should you two get separated.

While it seems ingrained in them, dogs should never be allowed to stick their heads out of the window of a moving car.
Like many of us tell our children, they risk being injured by another vehicle coming too close to yours or being hit by flying
debris that damage cars everyday. Pick up truck beds are another no-no.  You never know when
your dog may spot something he decides is worth chasing.

Consider protecting your vehicle's seats with a tarp or any kind of protective cover.  It will
keep the ride clean and comfortable for both of you.

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