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Nothing says summer like hitting the open road with your furry friend by your side. With the windows down and music cranked, you’re ready for your next adventure. However, before you pull out of the driveway, you should refresh on a few car safety tips for your pet.

Buckle Up Your Pup

If you’re going on a road trip, it’s important to not only buckle your seatbelt but also your dog’s. Airbags deploy at 200 miles per hour, and the last thing you want is an injured pup. You can purchase a harness for your dog that attaches to the seatbelt, so he’ll be safe and secure in the back seat, and away from the dashboard.

Put Your Kitty in a Carrier

Similar to strapping in your dog, you want to buckle up your cat too. Make sure the crate has plenty of ventilation, and place it facing forward so your kitty has enough air during the ride. You should also include a towel or blanket on the bottom of the carrier, so your cat is more comfortable.

Don’t Forget the Food

It’s better to feed your dog or cat before hitting the road so you don’t have to pull over later. Once you’re on the road, you can feed him a few snacks along the way, which will be better for his stomach. If it’s a longer trip, you may need to pull over and feed your pet a meal. Animals get dehydrated quickly, so it’s also important to have plenty of water.

Resist the Urge to Roll down the Windows

While your pup may love to stick his head out of the window and feel the wind on his face, he could be hit by dust or debris, which could then lead to infection or injury. Instead, open the window just a few inches so your dog can still feel the breeze. Another option to keep your pup entertained is to bring along a couple toys and/or treats.

Never Park a Pooch

The majority of states do not have laws protecting dogs in hot cars; however, you should always refrain from leaving your pup behind. Even with the windows down, the temperature inside a car can reach over 100 degrees when the temperature outside is 70 or above. Pets also get heat stroke more quickly than kids because they can’t cool off fast enough. Pets’ sweat glands are located on their paws, which doesn’t help when they’re sitting on a hot car seat.

At Oceanside Vet, we care about the well-being of your pet. Whether you plan to hit the beach or the mountains this summer, make sure you read over these five tips to keep your furry friend safe. If you’d like to set up an appointment, please call us at (843) 795-7574.

 

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