Pets do enjoy the same privileges as humans do, namely, eating, going to malls, and even participating in outdoor sports. Among these privileges that both humans and dogs enjoy is traveling. Great, isn’t it? You don’t have to drag your pet to your car whenever you are travelling, as they, too, enjoy the same experience. They might even be more excited than you. However, have you ever considered the safety of your pet when you are travelling?
“Dogs riding in the laps of drivers is on becoming more commonplace, as more people bring their dogs with them around town and on longer trips. This is a distraction, just like texting, and has the potential for multiple negative outcomes. First, the dog can cause an accident. Second, in an accident, the airbag will go off at about 200 mph which can easily injure a small dog even in a low-speed accident which humans would easily survive. Finally, in an accident, an unrestrained dog can be thrown with force and even be ejected from the vehicle.”
According to experts, specifically the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to animals, pet safety must be part of your considerations when you decide to bring your furry friend with you on a trip, be it a long-distance or short-ranged one. Pets are a different set of species from us humans, but they too deserve to live. I mean, they deserve to be protected from any imminent danger they might be in, especially during traveling. That is why certain companies have already taken the opportunity to design certain products to ensure your beloved pet’s safety, and of course, comfort, along the way.
If you are one who loves to have your furry friend beside you, don’t dare put him on your lap. What you can do to prevent an accident from happening, or worse, paralyzing your pet, is to buy a car seat for your pet (who says only babies get the privilege of riding on a car seat?). If you do not have one, then improvise! You can make use of an unused basket or bassinet; just add on some pillows or other stuff that could somehow provide added security to your pet, and presto! You have your very own pet car seat! Just make sure that what you are doing is safe enough for you and your pet. Sometimes, you have to let your imagination and creativity come in.
To further ensure your pet’s safety during the trip, here are some tips from the experts on how to do it:
“Some basic tips for longer trips are to climatize your pet to traveling by taking a series of short, then longer rides secured by a harness or in a travel crate to reduce stress and anxiety when it’s time for the full trip. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand, preferably bottled water or bottled tap water from home. Water from a different source from what the pet is accustomed to could cause digestive issues for him. The ASPCA also recommends a sub-dermal microchip implanted for identification, as well as a permanent collar with contact information and a temporary travel tag with cell-phone and destination information if traveling away from home.”
Bon Voyage and have a safe trip fellas! Enjoy the much-long awaited holiday you’ve been dreaming of.
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